27 Free Stock Video Sources For Your GIFs And Cinemagraphs

Fancy creating GIFs and cinemagraphs but, you don’t want to take the risk of using random videos from Youtube?

You might be interested in checking out our awesome list of 27 free stock video sources which you can use to create your own GIFs and cinemagraphs. Most of these video sources offer high-resolution and royalty-free stock videos licensed under Public Domain Creative Commons Zero which lets you do whatever you want with these contents for free!

So with no further ado, let’s dive into this cool list!

1. Coverr

Coverr offers beautiful high-quality videos which you can download for free. Although this video library was seemingly built for website covers, you can simply download the videos in mp4 format. They add 7 new videos every Monday. All the videos they offer have no copyrights, which mean you can copy, modify, distribute and display the videos even for commercial use without asking for permission. They have 9 pre-defined categories to choose from which include “people”, “mood”,”nature” and “tech”.

2. Stock Footage

Stock Footage from Archive.org has more than a thousand stock free video collection. From a launching rocket, beautiful burning flames to New York City time lapse, you can all get it here. Best part is that the video clips and footages are under CC 3.0 attribution license. You may also interact on their forum for tips and queries.

3. Vidsplay

Free HD stock footages. Vidsplay adds new videos weekly. All the videos are free, and users are granted non-exclusive rights to use Vidsplay’s copyrighted video material without needing to pay royalties for each use. Some of the videos here were even used by well-known publishing brands like Forbes and TEDx which proves these stock videos are of top quality.

4. Epic Slow Mo

They offer free HD slow motion video clips which are perfect for creating cinemagraphs! Epicslowmo adds new clips every Monday-Thursday. You can download clips, however, signing up is required. All clips can be used commercially, but you are not allowed to sell them. Video quality is 1920×1080 @ 29.97 fps and MP4 H.264 format. 

5. CuteStockFootage

Absolutely free videos in HD format. They have different kinds of videos like vfx, sfx, footages, light leaks, textures, and clips for background use. If you need lights or organic bokehs, this is a good place to get them. Explore the site and download contents as much as you want.

6. Stock Footage For Free

Stock Footage For Free is a free video library provided by Videoblocks.
It has  a huge collection of video clips to choose from. Each video has an interactive description on what makes that clip special. Footages in high quality are completely royalty-free. The only downside is the watermark included on each video, but other than that, should be great for gifs and cinemagraphs. Account registration is also free but not required for video downloads.

7. Distill

Created by Create the Bridge team, this site gives you freedom to download any stock HD videos which are filed under 8 categories. You can use these videos for both personal and commercial use. They offer free 10 stock videos every 10 days if you subscribe.

8. Motion Elements


Stock video footage and after effects template are available in this site. You can get these freely when you sign up for a free account. Footages, video clips and animation are all royalty-free. Check out their site weekly or purchase elements for unlimited use.

9. Vidlery

If you love animated characters for your website or other projects such as gifs, this is one of the best places to get them.
Free animation clips with no copyrights restriction are what this site offers. You can choose from it’s diverse collection of animated backgrounds or signup for an account to get notified when new ones are available.

10. Life Of Vids

You can download many artistic royalty-free HD images, videos and clips here. Another good thing is there’s no copyrights restrictions. New videos are added weekly, and can be downloaded directly on their Vimeo account.

11. Movie Tools

The movie tools library offers a great collection of video loops for video broadcasting or other animated projects. Most of these videos are royalty-free though there are a few which requires purchasing if you wish to download in HD.

12. Footage Crate

If you need action elements for your film project, this site is a good resource. It has a wide range of free VFX to choose from. You can access their free contents when you register for an account. Unlimited daily downloads will be accessed if you upgrade to pro account membership.

13. Clip Canvas

Clipcanvas offers a wide variety of stock footages under more than 30 categories which include “business”, “time-lapse”, “culture”, and “travel”.. Free videos are a bit limited (180 in total at the time of writing this listicle) and you need to register first to download them, but you can pay video packages for perpetual use.

14. Free Animal Video

As the site name says, everything here is about animal videos and all of these is free. It offers unlimited downloads without you applying for membership, royalty or licensing fees. Should you need animal videos, you know where to find them.

15. Splash Base

Splashbase is a search base to free high-resolution videos and photos. It aggregates all other video sources like travelcoffeebook, startupstockphotos, littlevisuals, gratisography, getrefe, jaymantri, superfamous. All of these images and videos are in high resolution with CC 3.0 attribution license. 

16. Tanurix

This site has a maximum of six categories of videos and images to use for your media project. However, you can only browse and download free videos under Free Film and Picture Stock categories. All these beautiful HD videos are under CC 3.0 license.

17. Reddit Footage

Reddit is comprised of individual communities (subreddits) where members can submit direct links to media content. It is a reliable source of popular media contents or links. You can raw uncut videos on subreddit r/footage. All videos here should be under CC 3.0 license.

18. Pixabay

These days, the site name “Pixabay” is almost synonymous to free HD stock images and videos. It’s a huge library of visual media content. Copying and distribution of this site’s wide collection of images and videos are allowed even for commercial purposes. Media contents are under CC License, while depicted contents are protected by privacy rights.

19. Mazwai

This site collects stock footages in public domain. Email address or signup process is not required so you can easily download footages of any category. Clips, footages, and mini-films downloaded from here are all in HD format and are under CC 3.0 Attribution License.

20. Beachfront B-Roll

Stock footages and animated backgrounds to be used for any production purposes are all absolutely free to download. Free stock footages come with a short description and are embedded by YouTube. Download option comes with three different formats.

21. Ignite Motion

Videos and motion backgrounds are in formats of Quicktime and MP4 which are both compatible with most video editing software. You can use these high definition stock footages for commercial and personal use.

22. Motion Backgrounds 

Download motion backgrounds and after effect templates with no limitations from this site. The clips are 100% royalty free license, giving you the permission to use them in any project presentations. Signing up for an account is free, and you can simply log in with your Facebook or Google account.

23. Videvo

High-quality stock footages and motion graphics are absolutely free to use in any kind of commercial and non-commercial projects that you have. New clips in full HD are also available every week. This site licenses their video clips in Videvo Standard License or in CC 3.0 License.

24. Pond5

Well-known for having a large collection of various media types including footage and illustrations. You can create a free account to be able to search and download HD videos from their Public Domain library or pay a membership fee to access more contents. 

25. Orange HD

Signing up for an account is not required, so you can freely download any footage or video materials that you need. However, you can only use the footages and videos for non-commercial purposes.

26. Dvids

Should you need free military footages, this site is the best place to go. All media types that you can download here are in public domain license unless another copyright status is indicated. Media files are available if you become a registered user.

27. NASA Image and Video Library

Which source could provide a more extensive image and video gallery of space explorations, astronomy pictures, latest space facilities etc. than NASA? Good news is that you can now download a good collection of their media content with their general permission which extends to personal web pages. If you want to use their contents for commercial purposes though, we still highly recommend checking their media usage guidelines.

There you go! I hope you find this list helpful for your next GIF or cinemagraph project. 🙂
If you think we missed your favorite stock video resource, feel free to share them in the comments below.

To your success,
Rose

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