Using a professional video as part of your website’s intro or explainer is a great way to impress audiences. However, good videos are very expensive to make and often out of budget for startups. Here is a list of best sites to download free stock videos for commercial use. [Always make sure to check the license terms of the specific video and abide by the terms]
1. Pexels (link): Pexels was covered in the free images download article and is also a great resource for free stock videos. The videos are well categorised and look professionally made. No attribution required.
2. Videezy (link): Another nice collection of videos to download that are searchable and tagged. The videos are free but attribution is required in the format mentioned on site.
3. Videvo (link): Video has a good collection of HD videos to download but the site was slightly tough to navigate. One of the clicked videos led to a shutterstock page (paid video) while another led to a free video download page (attribution required). Still, a decent collection if you make sure to check individual licences.
4. Free HD Footage (link): A small collection of HD videos that are marked “nothing fancy, just free”. The license terms were not found on the page, but the videos look nice.
5. Vidsplay (link): Free HD stock videos to download. There are terms and conditions including attribution required.
6. Motion Elements (link): Motion Elements has a section devoted to royalty free stock videos that are free to use without attribution required. There is a limit as how much you can download each day (likely removed if you register). You can also subscribe to get 30 free elements weekly.
7. Ignite Motion (link): Ignite Motion has a lot of free HD motion backgrounds with no attribution required.
8. Mazwai (link): Absolutely stunning free HD videos! Attribution required and the site is touch to navigate but well worth a browse.
9. Vimeo Free video group (link): Vimeo also has a free HD video group that allows for free use in production. The obvious benefit is that since the videos are already uploaded on Vimeo, you can easily embed them anywhere.
10. Footage Crate (link): A long list of videos in various categories from backgrounds to dust, smoke, horror etc. Attribution required.
11. Clip Canvas (link): Lots of free HD videos to download. There are clearly mentioned license terms and requires registration to download.
12. Cute Stock Footage (link): Limited collection of free HD videos that need attribution.
13. Wedistill (link): Good collection of HD and free stock videos to download for personal and commercial use. The site also has a slick navigation and videos are well categorised.