Stock Footage Websites: List of Top 10 Royalty Free and Paid Companies for Stock HD Video Download – Part 1

Check out list of top 10 websites for stock HD video download, royalty free and paid.


top 10 stock HD video download sites

Film making has reached to mass public due to rocket speed advancements in technology. Reserved for niche and rich people only earlier, now it is becoming common practice in youth. All thanks to smart phones, now there are separate mobile movie competitions had open up. And here comes the very important involvement of paid and free stock HD video download footage websites and companies. It gives novice short movie / film a professional look and feel.

Stock video footage, as name suggests, refers to pre-shoot and ready to use video. During film making process or at the final stage of editing, the script demands some particular shots to build the theme, giving up introduction of the scene, fillers or by any other means. By this time, it might not be possible to do shooting or visit that specific location. Paid and free stock video footages are the solution for this. From huge libraries of video clips, required footage can be used. VFX stock footages are commonly used from TV series, commercials to blockbuster Hollywood movies.

Stock video comes in all shapes and sizes. Doesn’t matter how you do shooting for them (proper movie camera, DSLR – Digital Single Lens Reflex, Handy cam, Mobile). Video stock footages differ in various technical parameters like:

  • FPS (frames per second)
  • Video resolution / Dimension / Width x Height (in pixels)
  • PAR (pixel aspect ratio)
  • Video file formats / extensions

Some companies are even providing 8K stock footage and pre-multiplied (rendered with cut-matte) video formats. You might also get video of alpha channel separately. Latest is 360/VR videos as stock clip video. 

Video clips and stock footages categories are endless.

  • Background elements
  • Nature / Scenery
  • Animals / Wild life
  • Love
  • Aerial city shots
  • Celebrities / People
  • Technology
  • Abstract
  • Industries / Plants / Factories
  • Important landmarks / Historical monuments / Architecture of any city
  • Travel
  • Sports
  • Slow motion / Time lapse videos
  • Landscape shots
  • Explosion / Blast
  • Celebration / Fireworks
  • Business
  • Art / Science
  • Fashion
  • Sports
  • Various weather scenes / Clouds / Jungles / Rivers
  • Earth
  • Money
  • Lifestyle
  • Religious
  • Office / Hospital / Garage
  • Museums / Parks / Beaches / Visiting places
  • Music

And much more. The list is expanding day by day.

Various companies are in competition to cater this huge market of Media and Entertainment sector. Check out details of top 10 stock HD video downloader websites and companies. Apart from multiple paid packages, mostly all companies provide free short video clips download, vector images and stock photos as goodies.

To talk about specific VFX industry, artists can use these free stock videos to create their demo reel / show reel. It can be utilized for:

  • Roto
  • Paint
  • 2D and 3D Tracking
  • Chroma / Green screen
  • Day to Night conversion
  • Object removal / Cleanup
  • Compositing

Kindly note that, the listing order is random. Feel free to opt for any particular company or website as per need of your short film / movie.

1) Shutterstock:

shutterstock logo stock footages

Operating in 20+ languages, Shutterstock is one of the oldest and most trusted website for downloading royalty free hd video footages, music, illustrations and graphics. To talk in figures, it has collection of 210+ million image materials, video clips and music tracks to download from. To grow on fast manner, it acquired many rival companies including Bigstock, Rex Features, PremiumBeat, Offset and Webdam.

Check out various pricing / subscription policies and choose the one that fits you most. The best news is yet to come – the stock photo giant is publicly traded in NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). To cater large young audience, who are always on mobile, Shutterstock developed iOS application for iPhone and iPad. It also partnered with Facebook by integrating Shutterstock’s library within Facebook’s Ad Creator.

Shutterstock Editor is here to help to give creative freedom to layman. It is also integrated with various social media platforms to make publishing easier. Contributor portal helps you to share your content on this giant platform, get wider audience reach and earn money easily.


2) Adobe Stock:

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Adobe is leading company which provides multiple software solutions for digital content creation and manipulation, for mediums including audio, image, video clips and VR. Adobe Stock is great addition in bouquet of these amazing softwares including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere and many more. It contains photos, graphics, illustrations, 3D assets, vectors, templates, videos and many more. As on today’s date, the total collection is around 90 million.

Launched in 2015, it got successful very fast due to its native integration with Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Suite. Such tight production workflow is great help for various creative artists. Digital artist can directly save Adobe Stock content to online library and use it with all Adobe applications. Check out various pricing plans of Adobe Stock. It gives you two different options – credits and subscription plans. You can take them individually or combine, as per your need. It also provides various royalty free video clips download of HD footages and stock photos.

Available file formats for images are JPEG, AI, and EPS. HD videos are provided in QuickTime MOV format. For 3D assets, the stock assets are in three file formats – models (.obj), lights (.exr/.hdr), and materials (.mdl).


3) Getty Images:

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Getty Images is also one of the most favourite stock photo website for royalty free videos and paid footages. Majorly the site divides paid and free stock video content in two categories: creative and editorial. Their uniqueness lays in diverse themes, with tons of images, video clips and audio contents. Stories & Trends section is amazing to browse through, which is power packed with unusual topics.

It has acquired many rival stock footage websites and gradually increased its footsteps in various fields. Some of the major acquisitions are of Allsport, EyeWire,, iStockphoto and Mediavast. Like Pinterest, it gives similar option to save website contents online through ‘Boards’. Check out various plans and pricing policies.

Getty Images was very much in news due to its legal fight with Google. Due to it, in 2018, Google removed the ‘View Image’ button from their image search results. User has to go to parent website to see the image.

Enjoy Getty Images 2018 Visual Trends video.


4) Pond5:

Apart from typical free stock videos, audio clips, photography images, Pond5 also provides After Effects templates and 3D models. After Effects templates can be used for motion graphics, broadcast designing, product intro, explainer short video clips or any other form of online marketing and branding.

One of the notable features on Pond5 is that it gives 50% of selling price to the owner of the stock material. Such generous scheme had made it huge famous among freelance artists and various companies. It also offers flexible royalty-free download license, so buyer can use the stock content for various usage. On the way of gaining more accessibility and better user experience, Pond5 partnered with Adobe. Through this merger, they created a plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro which integrates Pond5 video contents directly into Premiere workflow.

As per official record of 2018, Pond5 has collection of more than 10.5 million stock footages. Check out various pricing policies. Don’t forget to use its reward program to earn credits as you buy stock footages from here. You can encash it for next purchase.


5) logo stock search has very different business model in field of stock video content. Rather than providing stock audio and video contents on the site, it acts like a huge industry search engine for stock footage database. It specifically searches in carefully selected over 50 websites for the user search entry. It also gives access to news, archives and many other hard to find contents, if possible in free HD video format. This is gold for people who are interested in historical events of sports, politics, science, motion pictures, music videos and many other free video clips download.

For the stock footage search, uses Zap Email. The user submits a Zap request and the search experts help to find the best suited footage match. Even if you can’t find, use Concierge Search module. In-house team of will use their expertise to help you. You can use ‘clip bin’ to store your saved searches.

User can compare results from various stock photo and video clip sites on a single page of Such easiness saves lots of time and efforts and makes production work fast and hassle free. Apart from video based search, it also supports text based video search, based on meta data. It is very useful for tons of videos and archives that are not in digital format.


We will soon publish part 2 of the series: List of top 10 royalty free and paid websites for stock HD video download.


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