A looped video is one that plays continuously on a website. Looping background videos on the front pages of websites is becoming more and more popular, with top sites like Airbnb, and PayPal following the trend. This growing trend has increased the demand for looped and time-lapse video.
We are always getting asked where to get the best and free videos to use on sites. The answer to this question is not easy as it seems since you can’t just download any video and use it on your website. You have to respect the copyright rules and regulation and make sure you are not violating any rules.
Copyright laws and regulations mean you can’t just download a video and use it on your website. Some better options are to either create your own video, hire an agency to create one for you, which can be expensive, or find public domain videos or use videos which are released under Creative Common Zero (CC0) license.
Below is a list of some of the best free stock footage or video sources:
Pexels has a huge collection of quality CC0 license videos, which you can download free and use it as your landing page video or in any commercial projects. Despite being free the quality of their video is brilliant. If you want to get a weekly digest of their recently released video, subscribe to their mailing list.
Videvo founded by Tom Limb, has a huge library of free stock videos and motion graphics. Currently, they have over 3600 HD video, it’s steadily growing and becoming one of the go-to websites for stock videos.
Coverr is a joint initiative between two startups Veed.Me & CodersClan. They have a growing library of free videos which you can use a website background. Every Monday they add 7 new videos which they especially shoot for Coverr.
Videezy is another place for quality video stock footage. They have over thousands of free videos for you to choose from.
Mazwai has some great collection of slow motion and time lapse videos which can be an excellent fit for your website homepage background.
6. Stock Footage For Free
As their website states, they have a “ never-ending library of stock footage”. They have a vast library of free footages.
7. X Stock Video
Stock Video has a nice collection of free videos available for download. Videos are extensively categorized and you can even sort the listed videos by popularity, download and date.
Plixs has a fair amount of CC0 images and videos listed on their site. You can search for videos by keyword and sort them by popularity and date.
9. Free HD Footage
Free HD Footage offers quite a collection of good and free footages. Videos are neatly categorized and no registration is required for downloading the videos.
10. Beach Front B-roll
You can find some good quality time lapse stock footage here. All of them are free to download and can be used in any project.
Every week Vidsplay adds new royalty free video loops to their directory. They have a moderate collection of videos till date, but they are not categorized.
12. Life of Vids
Free stock videos created by Montreal based advertising agency Leeroy.
Curated free videos for your projects. An initiative by Create the Bridge, they add 10 new videos every 10 days.
Splashbase is a search and discovery platform for finding free stock images and videos.
15. Open Images
Open Images, an initiative of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Knowledgeland.
16. Clip Canvas
Clip Canvas has some free videos listed in their free section.
17. NASA Galleries
Videos hosted in NASA Galleries are available for download and can be used in educational or informational purposes. This permission only extends to personal Web pages.
18. Flickr Creative Commons
Video uploaded by Flickr users, which are licensed under Creative Commons
19. Vimeo – HD Stock Footage Group
A Vimeo group created by Phil Fried, filled with some pretty amazing footage.
20. Orange HD
Video footage about nature available for both for commercial and non-commercial use.
A subreddit dedicated to finding stock or creative commons videos. It’s a pretty active subreddit, If you look around you may find some hidden gems here.
Another subreddit devoted to finding royalty free video footage.
23. Cute Stock Footage
A project by Michael & Chris, where they release free stock footage for profesional and amateur filmmaker, video editor.