Using video backgrounds in website headers has emerged as a popular trend in web design. These looping video clips add more dynamism to a web page as compared to standard images. Not only do these videos engage visitors and improve user retention time on a website, they also add a ‘wow’ factor to the overall look of the site and leave users with a unique and memorable experience.
In this post, we bring to you a collection of websites where you can find high quality free stock videos and footages to create an immersive visual experience in your own web design projects.
Some of these sites offer royalty free videos that you can download and use in commercial projects for free. While some require you to give attribution. Most of these video sites offer watermark-free videos and stock footages. Always make sure you read the terms and conditions regarding their usage before downloading stock videos and footages from these sites.
Pixabay is one of our top free image sites that we go to when we need images for our own work. They also have a huge library of CC0 licensed HD and 4K videos contributed by videographers from around the world.
These videos are royalty free and can even be used for free in commercial projects. You will find video clips from various categories such as architecture, fashion, people, places, travel and with different effects including slow motion, time-lapse and animations. On downloading, you’ll get the videos in .mp4 format.
Many of you would have heard of and used Pexels, a platform to find CC0 licensed images. Pexels Videos by them is a video library that brings together Creative Commons Zero licensed stock videos from different sources at one place. The videos are put under different categories like rocks, night, street, sky, sun and many more for easy browsing.
Videezy, by the creators of Brusheezy and Vecteezy, is a community driven platform with a huge collection of free HD stock footages and 4K videos. All these video clips are available under a Creative Commons license or are a part of public domain.
Video clips are grouped under different categories like health & beauty, music, sports, time lapse, travel and many more. You can also browse the videos by tags or search the archive by keyword.
Mazwai has a collection of HD video clips and footages that are free for use in commercial projects under Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 3.0).
On downloading the video, you receive a zip file with video in .mp4 and .webm formats. Mazwai has some unique timelapse and slow motion video footages. New videos are added regularly and you can even send your video suggestions to them.
Videvo has collection of free HD & 4K stock videos and motion graphics that you can use in both personal and commercial projects. Holiday videos, videos on animals and landscapes are among the various video categories available for download as .mp4 and .mov files. You need to register for a free account to download these free video clips.
7. Life of Vids
Life of Vids provides free footage videos, clips and loops that are free of copyright restrictions. These videos can be downloaded from Vimeo in .mp4 format in UHD 4K, full HD (1920 × 1080), 720p HD (1280×720), Mobile SD (480×270) and SD (640×360). They also accept video contributions.
Vidlery offers cute, animated video backgrounds that are CC0 licensed. They have a decent collection of free animations related to different events and activities including sunrise, hiking, cycling, traffic, rocket launch and many more. Like Coverr.co, they also provide you an option to check how a video would look when used in the website header before you download it. The videos are available in .mp4 and .webm formats.
A library of free stock video footage and animated backgrounds. Some of the available video categories are time-lapse, vj loops, and animations. There is also a dedicated section for free cinemagraphs.
Free HD stock footage, a Vimeo group by Phil Fried, has free video clips that you can use in your commercial projects.
Vidsplay has an archive of high definition video clips – 720p and 1080p that can be keyword searched. These royalty free stock footages can be used even commercially free of charge in exchange of attribution.
SplashBase is a searchable directory of high quality videos from different sources like Mazwai. You can browse their entire collection or keyword search the videos according to your requirement.
While updating this post, we found out that Fancy Footage Club has closed. However their royalty-free video loops are still available for download in MP4 and WebM formats from Dropbox.
With these free video sites, you can find professional quality videos for free and use them in your web design to make them more inviting for your visitors. To get some inspiration, you can take a look at the showcase of websites featuring videos in their design by Awwwards. If you could not find a high quality video for your website on these sites, you can also explore the premium videos offered by Shutterstock Footages.
If you know of websites that offer free stock videos and footages for commercial use, kindly share it with us and our readers in the comments below.
Do not forget to check out our section of free resources for designers and developers that has free icon sets, backgrounds & textures and tools which can come in handy in your web design projects.