From feature films to explainer videos, stock video sites are on the rise. Instead of depleting funds to capture a few shots, filmmakers and creative agencies are turning to stock footage sites so they can get back to the fun stuff.
Whether you’re a filmmaker or an agency crafting an explainer video, here’s a list of the top 16 best stock video sites to use for your branded content needs.
Millions of videos.
With a new video added literally every second, Pond5 is one of the leaders of the stock video industry.
Being used by ABC, NBC, BBC, Pond5’s video library is not only comprehensive, but also easily searchable.
Operating on nearly any budget, you can filter by resolution, FPS, and speciality video like 360 VR. Sites like Pond5 reverse the old reputation ‘stock video footage’ carried.
While agencies by and large consume stock video footage the most, Filmsupply makes an appeal to traditional filmmakers.
Get the royalty free videos you’re looking for by using the shot detail filter. Search by framing, camera movement, and camera speed to make your next film pop.
If you have a precise shot list, this should be your first stop as you sift through stock video sites.
Popular with creative agencies, Distill has the high quality, royalty free videos you need for your branded content.
By joining their mailing list, you can get 10 free HD stock videos delivered to your inbox every 10 days.
iStock’s is one of the top stock footage sites. Quality above all, it’s been around the longest of the modern stock video sites.
Instead of paying per clip, you can buy credits which can be put towards videos as well as their photos.
It’s search system isn’t as intuitive as others, but veteran stock footage buyers know how to navigate it for their branded content.
Shutterstock is squarely one of the best stock video sites and arguably the most popular.
Pricing is scaled to stock video resolution. Shutterstock has some of the most affordable stock photos and bundle their content for smart pricing. They even offer Shutterstock free footage promotions from time to time.
VideoHive is the the perfect stock video footage site if you’re on a budget. Featuring an extensive library, they license their clips based on single use or unlimited.
Single use is perfect for a single commercial or ad, while multi-use is needed if you’re going to try to sell your film later.
Of course you’ll need to know how to make an EPK for that too.
Getty Stock Images is featured just about in every current new story you’ll find. They’re great for their coverage of events with celebrities and recent news stories.
In editorial, you can search by Fashion, Entertainment, News, and an archive with coverage of smaller events like graduation ceremonies.
If you can’t get a celebrity to appear in your branded content, Getty is a first stop stock video site.
123RF makes stock footage a team sport by giving your agency a centralized login so you can create lists, share, and license footage as one company.
They offer monthly and yearly stock video subscriptions, and are particularly great if you’re constantly using stock sites for branded content.
If you’re bouncing around stock footage sites on the daily, VideoBlocks‘ subscription-based business may be for you.
Forging the classic model of selling videos individually, VideoBlocks uploads fresh video and audio weekly to keep their stock footage site worth it.
If you’re churning out branded content weekly, be sure to check out VideoBlock.
With stock footage sites ramping up in quality and quantity, you don’t have to scout for the perfect location anymore. Establishing shots, car chases, corporate clips can all be found at the click of a button.
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