Looping video background on the front page is quickly becoming popular. With top sites like Airbnb, PayPal following the trend; demand for looped and time-lapse video are high in demand. One question we get asked quite often by our users is, Where can I download free, good background videos to use on my website?

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.
You can create your own video or hire an agency to create a video for your website, but it would be expensive. Another solution would be to find public domain videos or use videos which are released under Creative Commons license.

There are different types of Creative Common license. Check out the below chart to find out which of the licensed content is safe to use on your project.

Stock Video: Creative Commons

We’ll explore some of the best free stock footage or video sources in this post.

1. Pexels

Pexels stock video

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.

2. Videvo

Videvo for video background

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.

3. Coverr

Coverr video backgrounds

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. Coverr’s abstract videos are perfect as website video background.

4. Videezy

Videezy background videos

Videezy is another place for quality video stock footage. They have over thousands of free videos for you to choose from.

5. Mazwai

Mazwai stock video

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

X 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.

8. Plixs

Plixs has a fair amount of CC0 images and videos listed on their site. You can search videos by keyword and sort them by popularity and date.

9. Free HD Footage

Free HD Footage offers a quite a good collection of 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.

11. Vidsplay

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.

13. Distill (Perfect for Video background)

Distill video background

Curated free videos for your projects.  An initiative by Create the Bridge, they add 10 new videos every 10 days. If you are trying to add a video background to or your site, Distill can be a great resource.

14. Fancy Footage Club

free video background

Fancy Footage Club has some high-quality videos listed on their site, but the collection seems fairly limited.

15. Splashbase

free background video

Splashbase is a search and discovery platform for finding free stock images and videos. If you are trying to add background video to your Youtube videos, this website has some great free videos to offer.

16. Open Images

Open Images, an initiative of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Knowledgeland.

17. Tanuri Experiment

Videos & pictures shared under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License by traveler  Tania and Yuri.

18. Clip Canvas

Clip Canvas has some free videos listed in their  free section.

19. 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.

20. Flickr Creative Commons

Video uploaded by Flickr users, which are licensed under creative Commons

21. Vimeo – HD Stock Footage Group

A Vimeo group created by Phil Fried, filled with some pretty amazing footage.

22. Alex Free Stock Video

YouTube channel created by Alessandro Zavattero, filled with hundreds of free  footage and videos.

23. Orange HD

Video footage about nature available for both for commercial and non-commercial use.

24. /r/footage

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.

25. /r/stockfootage/

Another subreddit devoted to finding royalty free video footage.

26. Cute Stock Footage

A project by Michael & Chris, where they release free stock footage for professional and amateur filmmaker, video editor.

27. Mitch Martinez

Free of charge royalty free stock footage curated by a filmmaker, Mitch Martinez.  You can download any videos for free and use it on any commercial or non-commercial projects.

Let us know if you know any awesome sources we missed in the comments below; if they’re really helpful we will add them in. Also, checkout our recently published well researched article on the best Free WordPress Themes of 2017 which is updated regularly.

Towhid is a Web developer & HubSpot certified Inbound Marketer. Co-founder of WPD and CMO at Optimizer WP. Love all things Football and very interested in how WordPress will change the industry.

14 Responses

  • 8 years ago

    Great list, thanks for sharing.

  • Patty
    8 years ago

    Videvo pulls some pretty spammy tricks: says the video is free, if you just first post about it to FB or Twitter. So I gave in and did that — and then was required to sign up for an account! And it gets better — signing up for the account took me off the page where I at least *thought* I was about to download a clip. So I never got the clip, and now I have to extricate myself from their email list. AVOID.

  • Patty
    8 years ago

    Wow, it gets even worse with Videvo — after submitting to the social media share, AND signing up for an account, now if I finally try to download 1 video, it sends me through that same gauntlet again. This is a spam site which shouldn’t be listed here.

    • 8 years ago

      Patty – just to clear some things up here. Sharing on Twitter/Facebook is optional, you are in no way obliged to do this. Everything is free on the site, it takes less than a minute to register, and if our users want to share then great, if not no problem – I see nothing spammy about this.

    • Arnold
      4 years ago

      I’ve used Videvo to download over 20 free HD videos with no restrictions within the last half hour. Are you sure you are doing everything right? Also I did not have to share to Facebook or Twitter, I simply signed in after about 10 downloads and continued.

  • 8 years ago

    An excellent list of free stock videos! I’ll be using some of these in my projects. Thanks for putting together this post!

  • 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • 8 years ago

    + minimoovie.com

  • 8 years ago

    Thanks a lot for sharing Videvo guys!

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  • 7 years ago

    Thanks for this wonderful list of websites. You may also add one more site which provides really good quality of such videos..

  • Ashley
    7 years ago

    Thanks for the great list. I would also recommend MotionElements if you’re looking for a great free source with 4K/HD videos, animation, after effects templates, 3D footages and lots more!
    http://www.motionelements.com/free/stock-footage (every week you get new free videos)

  • 5 years ago

    Thanks for the list. I really appreciate

  • 4 years ago

    This is a great list! I’d like to put our site out there as well for anyone looking for free stock footage. It’s http://www.motionplaces.com and every clip on our site can be downloaded for free in full HD. Commercial usage is allowed with attribution. Thanks for your consideration!

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