Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to shoot your own video. Whether it’s budget, timelines, or resources that are tight you need alternatives. Stock video can be relatively cheap and there’s an overwhelming amount of high quality footage available. There’s a good chance you can find footage without dropping thousands of dollars on a camera crew, talent, and locations.
Here are 9 websites to find high quality stock video.
With rates depending only on video resolution, Shutterstock’s archive is easy to use and affordable. Shutterstock is one of the larger stock video sites with over a million videos to choose from.
With iStockPhoto you get better pricing by buying credits ahead of time. When you buy credits they can be used for more than just video (they also have photos, illustration, and audio on their site) and each credit costs around $1.50 each depending on how many you buy. Most videos are between 50-100 credits for the resolutions you’ll need, but make sure to visit their homepage to get a free monthly video too.
Boasting nearly 2 million videos, Pond5 has a huge pricing range starting at just $5. Pond5 is setup as a marketplace where users can upload and price their own videos so you’ll find a large variety of high quality videos to fit any budget. Pond5 also has a super easy system for previewing clips, so you don’t have to jump back and forth between pages.
The video below was put together using some of the 63 million seconds of stock video in the Getty Images library. Getty includes both editorial and standard stock video and, like many other sites, also has sections for stock photos and music.
Bringing several companies together, Fotosearch includes rights managed and royalty free stock video for your project. You’ll find a large variety of footage all in one place and you can save your favorites in your “lightbox” to reference later.
Videohive works as a marketplace where video providers are able to upload stock footage. This gives you a lot of variety when it comes to prices and videos to choose from. You also have only two license choices to pick from. Regular (you won’t be selling the end product) or extended (you can sell the item afterward).
7. BBC Motion Gallery
If you’re looking for stock footage of historical events, the BBC Motion Gallery is a great place to find it. But it’s not limited to just news footage, you can also find your standard stock-type videos as well. Pricing is based on your project and the length and terms of the video usage.
8. T3 Media
Dedicated solely to video, T3 Media says they’re “the deepest online footage library on earth.” T3 has project managers and research services for those who don’t have time to do in depth searching on their own.
Pulling from many different sites with stock footage, Footage.net culls footage from many other companies including ABC, CNN and NBC in addition to other stock video sites like Getty and Shutterstock. There’s a lot of newscasts and historical footage making footage.net a great resource for video from a specific era.
Stock video gives you lots of options and is a fast alternative if you’re not able to produce footage yourself. If you’re overwhelmed with all of these choices for your video, to find some of the best priced footage start your search at Pond5. If quality is of utmost importance dive into iStockphoto. Have fun looking through all the video!
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