As video content consumption continues to grow, marketing and design professionals have come under increasing pressure to produce video content that is professional, fast and competitively priced.
This trend has made stock video files very popular, driving the proliferation of a diverse range of stock footage marketplace websites to meet the needs of every project and budget.
Stock video websites come in all shapes and sizes and are an invaluable resource giving video editors access to thousands of easily available professional stock footage files.
This article highlights five great stock video sites, all of which we’ve used at Clipchamp or in our jobs before joining the startup world. We have shortlisted the five top stock video sites that we like, that are globally recognized and provide a great range of high quality videos for personal and professional projects.
Five Great Stock Video Sites
1. BBC Motion Gallery
The BBC Motion Gallery comes first in our five great stock video sites. The BBC Motion Gallery is a vault of quality professional stock videos. In fact, it contains videos of all kinds ranging from black and white clips to wildlife videos from the Amazon.
Additionally, the BBC motion gallery offers HD footage from high profile media houses among them CBS, BBC, CCTV and ABC. As The BBC Motion Gallery also sources footage from other leading broadcasters around the world the stock video quality is among the best available and the range second to none.
Some of the content you will find on the BBC Motion Gallery features exclusive vintage footage covering topics including natural history and the arts making this resource ideal for educational projects.
The drawback of getting stock videos from the Motion Gallery is that the price can be significantly higher in comparison to other services, but with the quality and range provided this remains one of our favourite resources for high quality stock footage.
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2. Shutterstock Stock Video
Shutterstock comes second in our five great stock video sites. Shutterstock offers you an intuitive user interface and a simple package with a single price point for all stock videos on their website. This makes Shutterstock an ideal solution if you need multiple video files on a regular basis.
Shutterstock provided stock video in both high definition (HD) and standard quality clips with a range of approximately 1.4 million files available. The high definition stock videos on Shutterstock are of excellent quality and, as you can expect, are priced considerably higher than standard quality video files.
Shutterstock has increasingly improved its service over the last few years and continues to roll out regular updates and upgrades on the website to improve user experience and quality of stock video files.
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3. iStock Footage
Third on the list is iStock. The iStockPhoto stock video service offers you a wide range of royalty-free, high definition (HD) stock footage and curated content. iStock is the most popular source of stock media content other than video (photos, vector etc.) for designers, bloggers and brand marketers.
iStock is a long standing and a well-recognized brand that is sponsored and one of the early pioneers among stock media providers. Finding stock videos on iStock is easy once you have signed up for a user account. The interface is very user-friendly and an advanced search functionality allows you to quickly find video files based on keywords and filters.
The pricing is based on a usage-credits model (or prepaid) instead of a rolling subscription making it an ideal resource for low usage or sporadic usage.
iStock claims to list millions of video footage files, subdivided in more than twenty categories including the obvious ‘business’ and ‘technology’ ranges but also more intriguing ‘aerial’ and ‘slow motion’ categories providing enough range to meet the needs of most personal and entry-level professional projects.
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VideoBlocks also ranks among the 5 great Stock Video sites. The VideoBlocks stock video platform might not be one of the most innovative stock websites around, but it still has a lot to offer. Unlike other stock video websites, VideoBlocks is structured as a subscription service in which a yearly subscription costs $149.
This subscription allows users to download unlimited bulk stock videos and with regular special offers and discount it’s fair to say VideoBlocks provide exceptional value for money. The range of media provided is quite extensive with over 100,000 4k videos including stock footage, video clips, animated backgrounds and regular updates with new and unique video files.
In addition, the website has filter tools, which make searching different categories and footage quite easy.
The VideoBlocks website provides friendly terms of service including a 7-day free trial. Furthermore, both the trial and subscription can be cancelled anytime without losing the right to use videos already downloaded.
Our rating for VideoBlocks:
5. Pond5 Royalty-Free Video
Last but not least is Pond5. Pond5 is acknowledged as one of the largest stock video websites. The websites on the market with over four million royalty-free video clips listed and more added regularly. Pond5 showcases a user-friendly interface with an intuitive preview option that is enabled by a mouse-over effect on all videos making it faster and easier to browse stock footage on the go.
Pond5 is set up as a marketplace of stock materials in which users upload stock videos and price them independently and you can buy quality videos for as low as of $5 per file. The range of stock video files is simply staggering with millions of files categorised by theme, file size, resolution and additional features.
Alternatively, you can buy a Pond5 Credit Pack, a prepaid credit system, which enables users to purchase any type of media (including HD and 4K stock footage) and save on individual price, making this package ideal for heavy users.
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So no matter the type of project you are working on, commercial, educational or simply for fun, there is no shortage of stock footage material to help you along.
If you don’t find your video footage in the right resolution or format don’t forget you can use Clipchamp for free to convert video files into any format including MP4, WebM, ASF/WMV, Flash video (FLV) or (animated) GIF, and then publish your project twenty times faster with the Clipchamp upload feature.