Yes, we did have a posting about free stock footage not long back, but this is a brand new entry. Videvo.net offers free (legally) stock footage and motion backgrounds. All they ask in return is a nod via social media. Not a bad deal at all, as stock clips can be quite expensive. Especially good quality stock footage. They do indeed have a growing selection, and some very good quality stock. I browsed quite a few clips, including a very nice countdown, and some slick lower third graphics too. Well worth a visit.
For those new to the field, stock footage is simply video or film that was captured by someone else. Often used in industrial and educational films, and on occasion in TV and movie production. The cost can range from a few dollars, to hundreds of dollars, and in some cases thousands per shot. Another term used is often “Royaly Free” or “Royalty Paid” footage. A search for either of these terms will produce many online resources.
Some of you, like myself, have searched for “free stock footage“. More often than not, the link leads to footage that is not at all free to use, but is in fact royalty free. A new site now offers a collection of footage that is actually both. Videezy.com offers a collection of free stock footage covering a range of subjects. They ask only a credit for the source in return. They also seek contributions. This could be a good opportunity to show of your talent.
Youtube is awash in videos that use footage without approval from the creator. Some turn a blind eye to this, and many do not. Risks can range from a takedown notice, to a very expensive lawsuit. If you actually plan to charge money for your completed work, you’d better make sure you have rights to all of the footage you have used. Otherwise, you’ll just end up making some lawyer even richer.