The 13 best stock video websites (free and paid for)

Looking for the best stock video websites? This list runs through all of the free and paid options out there you should know.
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If you make videos on a regular basis, then websites for stock videos are a fantastic asset that can boost creativity, improve your visuals no end, and save both time and money. 

If you don’t make videos, perhaps it’s time to start because according to Oberlo, eight out of 10 people have been persuaded to buy something after watching a brand’s video and people watch more than a billion hours of footage on YouTube every day. The good news is, you don’t have to start scouring the internet, because we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of all the best stock video websites (both free and paid) out there.

What are stock videos?

Stock videos are short clips of high quality footage that you can use as part of a larger production. They’re shot for general usage, so you can use them for any purpose, whether it be for social media, brand storytelling, short films, etc. 

Here’s a typical stock video. 

What’s available from websites offering free stock video footage? 

You can find almost anything in video format when you search websites offering free stock video footage. All you need to do is type what you’re looking for in the search bar, click enter, and you’ll be shown a selection of videos.

Whether it’s waves gently lapping on the shore, comical penguins or Earth from outer space that you’re after, there’ll be relevant video content somewhere. Most stock videos last for half a minute or less and the majority of websites will offer some free videos along with paid for choices.

Can I use stock videos in my own video content?

Absolutely! You’re usually free to use stock videos without any risk of copyright infringements, but do always use a reputable site (see below) and check the T&Cs.

For inspiration, take a look at our guide to repurposing videos along with our advice on smooth video transitions for beginners. Once you’ve finished editing your video, you can add royalty-free music to your footage (this is where our guide to great royalty-free music will come in very handy.) And if you plan to use the video on YouTube, don’t miss our top tips on how to grow your audience on the platform. 

How to download stock videos without watermarks

When you visit a free stock video website, type your request into the search bar and press enter. You’ll be shown a selection of videos that match your query. Find a free video that suits your requirements (you can watch a preview of it) and then click the download button.

Any video that is available for free will be downloaded without a watermark. Paid for videos will have a watermark, but you can remove this by paying the fee, which varies between websites. 

The best free and affordable video stock footage websites

Access all the video footage you’ll ever need with our comprehensive selection of the best free and affordable stock footage websites.


pixabay logo

Pixabay has more than 2.3 million images and videos available for use under a simplified Pixabay license, which enables you to use content for free, without having to credit the filmmaker or photographer. You can also modify or adapt the content as you please. 

To download content, you need to register as a user first. Then, all you need to do is search for the content you want and click the free download button. There’s an option to donate to the artist by clicking the ‘donate’ button or going to their profile and selecting the green ‘coffee’ icon. 


  • GIFs, vectors, illustrations, and sound effects also available
  • No need to credit the artist, although there is an option to donate
  • Videos available in 4K and HD


  • Free


videezy logo

Another free site, although you will have to check the video clips individually for licensing information. Most request that you credit Videezy whenever you use footage from the site.

There’s a wide variety of free clips to choose from and anything marked premium can be bought using credits, with one video costing one credit.


  • Unlimited downloads
  • Free stock footage
  • Fresh content added regularly
  • No ads


  • £15 for one credit
  • £31 for five credits
  • £39 for 10 credits


With a library of more than 400 free stock videos and new clips added weekly, this site is handy for anyone looking for general footage.

Vidsplay does ask that you include a link back to them somewhere on your website in return for using their content. Most of the free stock comes in MP4 format. 


  • Ability to download without creating an account
  • Must include a link back to Vidsplay 


  • Free


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Best for larger businesses with bigger budgets, Shutterstock has a huge selection of videos along with royalty-free images and audio. It’s a well designed website, so you’ll find it easy to locate exactly what you’re looking for.


  • Videos in SD, HD, and 4K
  • Access to 400 million assets
  • Images, photos, vectors, videos, and music


  • £279 for five downloads a year
  • £19 a month for 1 video (10 credits)
  • For customised packages, contact Shutterstock

Adobe Stock

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This is both a paid-for and free content site with a free 30-day trial available if you want to try the premium option. Content is added daily and if you purchase one plan, it can be accessed by unlimited users.


  • More than 200 million assets
  • Free content
  • Videos in 4K and HD
  • App can be used across multiple devices


  • £19.99 for 10 assets a month


dareful logo

Not the biggest collection of free video stock there is, but it’s totally free and you can use the content however you like as long as you give credit and indicate if you’ve made any changes. All the content is shot by one videographer, Joel Holland, and the good news is, he’s very talented. 


  • Videos in 4K and HD
  • All videos free to download


  • Free



A completely free site offering hundreds of videos. Whenever you download, you’ll get a ZIP file containing your video along with a JPEG thumbnail image.


  • No watermarks or requirement to credit the videographer
  • Free
  • Comes with a JPEG thumbnail image


  • Free


mazwai logo

Mazwai claims to handpick all its free stock footage clips and offers simple licensing with no need to register. They do, however, ask that you credit the videographer whenever you use a clip. 


  • Videos in SD and HD
  • Artists must be credited


  • Free

Free Nature Stock 

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If it’s bees at work or birds mid flight that you’re after, then Free Nature Stock is worth a visit. It’s completely free to use for both personal and commercial reasons. There’s no need to credit the filmmaker, however donations are encouraged.


  • Free nature footage
  • Donations encouraged


  • Free

Motion Elements

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With this website, you can either pay for each individual video or take out a monthly subscription, which allows you to use the content for both private and commercial projects. The subscription allows unlimited downloads, while one-off purchases are £25 for a short HD clip. 


  • Videos available in 2K, 4K, HD, and HD720
  • Free
  • Requires sign-up
  • Four million assets to choose from


  • £14 a month for unlimited downloads
  • £25 for a single clip
  • Free options available


stocksy logo

If you’re after video content that’s diverse, inspiring, and a little bit different, then this is the site for you. One of the real plus points is the search facility, which features capabilities such as showing you content that is ‘conceptually’ and ‘visually’ similar. To download, you’ll need to complete an invoicing form first; an invoice is then issued on checkout. 


  • Offers a range of content including UGC-style videos, animations, and timelapse
  • If you have premium membership, the research team works with you to create custom galleries 


  • £59 for 720P
  • £139 for 1080P
  • £238 for 4K
  • £318 for ungraded 4K



Videvo offers free stock videos in 4k and HD formats, and it allows you to use the content as many times as you like. 


  • Simple licensing agreement
  • New videos uploaded daily
  • Gives information on framing, angle, and focal length when you download


  • Free


pexels logo

If it’s footage for Instagram reels you’re after, then Pexels is the perfect place to find free video. Footage is curated by individuals who have their own unique style. Downloads are free, but you will be offered the chance to donate to the videographer. All videos are under the Pexel’s license. (If you do plan to use free stock video content in your reels, make sure you’ve read our comprehensive guide to Instagram marketing to make the most of it.)


  • Curated content
  • High-quality, quirky footage that’s perfect for Instagram


  • Free

Next steps

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