20 Fantastic Sources for Free Media

20 Fantastic Sources for Free Media

Stock footage is often a huge part of creative
works. Any time you need material you can’t photograph
or record yourself is where stock footage comes in. For many people, finding this footage consists
of searching the web and picking images off of Google Images or downloading stuff they
like. But most resources are protected by copyright
and often require explicit permission by the creator to be used anywhere. Here is where this video comes in: I’m going
to give you a brief overview of online resources that offer free stock footage that usually
can even be used commercially which includes monetized YouTube videos. Let’s start with photos for your Photoshop
projects, websites, videos and more. Be aware that most of the following websites
also show sponsored images from commercial websites like Shutterstock that aren’t free. They usually are clearly tagged though. Pixabay offers over 1.4 million images and
videos to download for free. The search works with several languages and
all images are covered by a Creative Commons Zero license that allows modification and
commercial use. Attribution isn’t required but is appreciated
by Pixabay. You can also try Pxhere, a website offering
free stock photos licensed under CC0. Their download section automatically generates
different resolutions of the same image for different devices. You can also search by the camera that took
the photo or the color palette of the image. Or try Everypixel, a photo search engine powered
by AI. They claim their algorithm is able to identify
good and bad stock images and tries to only show you beautiful photos. Their search can filter photos and vector
graphics or only show you isolated objects. Unsplash provides free images from a large
community of photographers. They use their own Unsplash license which
allows for commercial use and modification and doesn’t require credit to the photographer
but again, it’s appreciated. Their users create useful collections on different
topics for a quick overview or to expand your wallpaper folder. Use Stocksnap for free stock photos sorted
into useful categories. The websites uses the popular CC0 license
and doesn’t require an account to download their photos. A clever tip to finding usable stock images
on Google is using a built in tool to filter by license. On Google Image search click on “Tools” and
select the Usage Right you want to search by. Next is free video footage. Pexels offers stock photos and videos. Most are in Full HD or at least 720p. You can download videos in MP4 and use them
according to the Creative Commons Zero license. Coverr lets you download free stock videos
from videographers all around the world. You can use them commercially according to
their license and while the website targets mainly web developers, you can use the videos
for other projects, too. Basic categories sort the videos by common
topics. The videos come in multiple formats for the
web, including MP4. Another video site that even has 4K content
is Videezy. They not only have free videos but also Adobe
After Effects templates and loopable backgrounds. Videezy shows premium mixed with free content
and their license allows for commercial use but requires to give attribution. If you want to add some music to your projects,
try the following websites. The Free Music Archive offers thousands of
music recordings from all genres. The songs all come from different artists
so check the appropriate license for each song, not all allow commercial use or modification. It has great filter options for length, license
or genre and doesn’t require an account to download. Incompetech music is a classic on YouTube. In fact it has been used so much that you
often hear the same familiar song in several videos until you find out it’s from Incompetech. If that doesn’t bother you, use the large
collection of music from different genres, sort by tempo, feel or length or search for
keywords. Incompetech allows for commercial use but
requires to either give attribution or purchase an affordable license. A smaller site is called Bensounds. It has a decent collection of music and publishes
under the Creative commons license. Bensounds allows commercial use as long as
you credit the website. The music works in many types of videos and
usually has the average length of a YouTube video. Similar is Purple Planet music, they offer
free music with credit sorted by categories. The songs are hosted on Soundcloud, allow
for commercial use and each includes a short description to give an overview on the character
of the song. Their free music catalogue isn’t giant but
it’s a decent selection for basic needs. You actually don’t have to go far to find
free to use music, there are several popular channels here on YouTube that offer free tracks. There are remixes and original songs on channels
like NoCopyrightSounds, Dj Quads Offical, Bass Rebels or Frequency and there are certainly
a lot more. Make sure to check on each video how the music
can be used and how the creator wants to be credited. Also YouTube itself has a huge collection
of free to use songs and sounds in the Creator Studio. You can sort by genre, mood or length and
a note on each song even makes it clear how you can use it. Finally, let’s check out websites for free
sound effects. My favorite is Freesound but it requires a
free account to download. This database has probably millions of sounds
under different licenses. Many even are public domain and the huge community
adds new sounds daily. It may take a while to find the right sound
but usually everything you need for video games, video production or radio plays is
in there. FreeSFX is a similar website with a slightly
smaller collection of sounds. They seem to be curated by the website’s owner
and therefore usually are more high quality than an average sound on community based sites. The license requires you to credit FreeSFX
and can be used in creations like videos, television, games and more but it also excludes
some specific uses. 99Sounds features free sound packs made by
sound designers for creative productions. These collections are more for specific use
in games or video and can be downloaded in high quality audio formats. Each pack explains its license and from what
I can see, most allow for commercial use. Unfortunately they can’t be previewed in the
browser but you have to download the whole pack to listen. That’s it for my overview over a few resources
for free stock footage. It should be obvious that I can’t give you
a legal guarantee that stock footage on the mentioned websites is still free to use in
your specific case so please read the license the material is covered by. In the next video, I will take a closer look
at Creative Commons licenses I’ve mentioned so much in this video and how to use them
correctly. Until then, thank you for watching.


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