The quickest way to get copyright-free video to upload on YouTube is to visit the following resources.
The first thing you want to do when visiting these websites is to ensure that the videos are copyright-free. Some websites say their videos are copyright-free as a bait to attract visitors. Usually there are hidden terms. .
So, it pays to read the license terms carefully before you download and use them.
Also you want to ensure that the copyright-free videos you want to upload to YouTube doesn’t come with watermark.
That said, let’s check out the following sites that offer completely free stock footage for personal and commercial use.
Many ‘free’ stock video sites offer their assets with a card up their sleeves. There’s bound to be a hidden term or other. Not Pexels.
Pexels doesn’t require you to provide attribution for videos you use from the site.
There’s a wide range of themes offered, but don’t expect anything 4K. That should be understandable because it’s a free site after all.
Videos are provided in the Full HD format which should be sufficient for a YouTube project.
Be informed that all videos are licensed under the CC0 (Creative Commons) which means you can freely reuse the video for personal or commercial, without crediting the copyright owner.
If you’re into time-lapse videos as well, Pexels would serve you well.
Clipstill for Cinemagraphs
Clipstill is dedicated to cinemagraphs. Never heard of the term. They are animated series of phototos that play in a loop. Sometimes cinemagraphs can catch the viewer’s eye easily and liven up a video project.
One advantage of using a cinemagraph in your vudeo project is its small file size.
But then not all the cinemagraphs at Clipstill are free. But the free ones are worth downloading.
As long as you don’t use the cinemagraphs for the making of a commercial product, you don’t have to provide attribution for the free cinemagraphs you use.
Incidentally, the first menu item on Clipstill is FREE Cinemagraphs.
Cinemagraphs are offered in the MPeg4 format and the free version is set at 640 x 480.
Free cinemagraphs are offered every month. So, you would have come back often to check the latest offerings.
If you don’t mind crediting the copyright holders of the videos to use their work for free, then you can use the videos in Videovo for your YouTube projects.
Videos are created by community members. So, the quality can be a little uneven. But there are some gems if you look hard enough.
When you search for free videos you would have to apply filters. Choose royalty-free under license and click on Only free tab before making your search.
But don’t be surprised if you get videos that require you to credit the author of a video despite the filters. This is not a pleasant experience. However, you can still get copyright-free videos to Upload on YouTube if you’re willing to spend a few minutes sifting through the video search results.
Video footage is offered in Full HD 1080p. Sorry, there’s only a limited collection of 4K videos.
Video formats offered are MP4 and some in Quicktime (MOV).
If you’re the type who don’t fancy checking usage licenses of stock video footage,
Pixabay would be a delight. This is one site where all the videos are licensed under CC0, where you can grab free stock footage with no watermark.
This means they are copy-right free and you don’t have to credit the creators for any video you use from the site.
Among the video assets you can find on their site are motion graphics, HD footage, and 4K videos all in the MP4 format.
If you’re looking for free aerial drone videos which you can use for free for your YouTube projects, Videezy has what you need. Video resolution ranging from Full HD to 4K resolution.
Videos are offered for download in the MP4 format.
Do take note of the license though. Most videos are free for personal and commercial use. However, if you’re using it for TV or broadcast (YouTube etc) then you must credit it to Videezy and if you’re using it over the web, there’s an HTML code you must place on your page.
A small token worth giving if you find a free premium-quality video.