Royalty Free Stock Footage
Remember when the main character went to the beach in the latest episode of that show you like so much ? Remember the shot of people in swimwear rollerblading down the boardwalk before the main character arrived? Yep that's right...it was stock footage. Once royalty free footage is purchased it can be used as much as you want in as many productions as you'd like. There are websites that sell free royalty free videos, images, and music as individual products or bundles. Other websites provide unlimited access to footage via download with a paid membership. Some sites also allow users to download a limited amount of royalty free stock footage for free by registering with the website or signing up for a newsletter. These sites allow you to purchase clips or volumes of clips via download, DVD, or both.
Artbeats.com is a fantastic place to get royalty free stock footage. The company is based out of Myrtle Creek, OR and has been in business since 1989. The people at Artbeats.com have a healthy amount of footage for every occasion. The site is filled with video footage, stereoscopic 3D footage, and effects. With a simple search users can find just about anything that is needed for any project. Clips of fire, particle effects, electricity, 3D backgrounds. lightning, aerial shots, city rush, water, earth views, and crowds are just a few of the videos that can be found on the website. All of the files are available at several resolutions in NTSC, PAL, and RED Hi-Res formats. Artbeats.com ioves giving back to its' users. The website conducts a weekly video giveaway with any qualifying purchase and it offers a free video clip to everyone that registers with the site. All of the footage offered at the site is high quality. The down side to all of this is that the footage at Artbeats.com is expensive. SD collections of footage range from $299 to $699 while HD collections of footage range from $699 to $1599. A single SD clip can cost $49 and up. A single HD clip can go for $79 and up.
Videoblocks.com has a huge volume of royalty free stock footage. The site is overflowing with stock video, motion backgrounds, production music, sound effects, special effects, and After Effects templates. The Reston, VA based company was founded in 2004 under the name Footagefirm.com and changed it's name to Videoblocks.com in 2010. The footage from this site is offered on a subscription-basis. Individuals sign up for the subscription plan of their choice. Once they are members, individuals can download an unlimited amount of footage to their hearts content. Subscriptions can be purchased for $79 a month or $474 for six months. Compared to the prices of some clips/collections on other sites this could potentially be a great deal depending on how much footage you plan to download. The site has footage of just about anything; people, nature, cities, backgrounds, effects, time lapses, etc. The website also has a growing library of sound effects and music. The media on the site is of the highest quality. The flexibility, versatility, and availability of footage on Videoblocks.com has made it so popular that it is used by everyone from professional television networks to casual video enthusiasts.
Pond5.com has a wide range of royalty free audio, and video media that will satisfy your hunger for footage. They actually claim to have the web's largest collection of royalty-free video...and they may be right. The company which was incorporated in 2007 is based out of the Big Apple (New York, NY). Pond5.com is basically a marketplace for video makers. I.E. it's a place to buy and sell footage. Pond5.com receives the footage from seller, the seller sets the price, and Pond5.com hosts it on their website. Individuals receive a 50% commission on their 5 to 30 second video footage. Individuals who need stock footage can purchase it at a fair price. This is a great concept for sellers and buyers alike because the prices are set based on the amount of competition that exists for the footage. This helps to keep the price down based on what type of footage is needed. Footage on the website can sell for as little as $2 for audio and $5 for video. Many clips are between $5 and $20. Once a purchase is made the footage can be downloaded directly from the website. The quality of the clips depends on the submitter and Pond5.com's agreement to place the clip on the site.
StudioBacklot.tv is a website that was created by Class On Demand, Inc. in 2013. The site has a literal smorgasbord of information to help video makers succeed. It is full of training videos, tutorial videos, video footage, backgrounds, motion loops, virtual reality sets, fonts, music, sound effects, countdowns, lower thirds, animations, and more. The training videos are the stars of the site. They are detailed yet easy to follow which helps retain information. Class On Demand's strong brand and relationships with media companies around the globe allows them to obtain quality stock footage, training videos, and video equipment discounts. The site then offers that media to its' members a a huge savings. Members get access to all of the videos and unlimited downloads for a mere $5.99 a month. That is a super low price for such a treasure trove of video editing loveliness. If you have $5.99 to spare every month joining this site will reap rewards for years to come.
DetonationFilms.com is an effects guru's dream. This company out of Simi Valley, CA started in 2006 and has never looked back. They specialize in all types of effects and the site has several volumes of effects that suit several needs. If you're looking for explosions, fire, blood, bullet hits, clouds, muzzle flashes, dust, embers, sparks, debris, exploding body parts, exploding vehicles, fireballs and more this is the spot for you. Most of the stock footage comes pre-keyed or with alpha channels which makes for seamless integration into your videos. Other footage on the site has a green or blue background which allows the user to key it in their editing software of choice. The files are available in Quicktime .MOv file formats for use in most editing programs. Their prices are quite reasonable. Footage ranges from $7 downloads to $18 for DVD volumes. DetonationFilms.com also offers a large amount of free footage which can be downloaded for free. If you are looking for royalty free special effects for your projects this should be one of your first stops.
TubeTape.net was founded in 2004 and incorporated in 2008. This media and video equipment company which calls El Dorado Hills, CA home is a great place find just about anything you need for making quality videos. The website houses a wide range of products in several categories. But we're here to talk about stock footage so we'll focus on that for now. Tubetape specializes in backgrounds, motion loops, virtual reality sets, music, sound effects, and special effects. They are also chroma key specialists which makes them the top spot on the world wide web to acquire pre-keyed stock effects. The site is full of high quality images and effects which can be imported into most NLE programs. The prices are reasonable and special offers are avialble on the site every day. If you sign up for their newsletter they will send you an email every Thursday with special prices and freebies so you know which offers are available on the site.
DigitalJuice.com has almost every type of stock footage imaginable for creating high quality videos. The company which is headquartered in Lake Mary, FL got its start in 1997. DigitalJuice.com offers video footage, music, sound effects, special effects, video equipment, animated backgrounds, images, graphics, lower thirds, software, project templates for Sony Vegas, After Effects, Apple Motion, and Adobe Premiere Pro. The prices on this site are some of the best in the industry. For example, the Video Traxx HD 2 product contains 500 HD video clips and is regularly priced at $349. That's only $1.43 a clip! The site frequently offers deals on its' products which increases the savings. If you sign up for the DigitalJuice.com newsletter you will receive emails which alert you to any offers that are available on the website. Each one of the clips are available in SD, HD, slow motion, and high speed. The HD clips are 2048 x 1536 resolution which provides plenty of pixels to work within any production environment. The stock footage on the site can be converted to .MOV .AVI or .WMV using the free Juicer program which can be downloaded from their website.