Video backgrounds are a popular trend in web design today. 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.
According to Designmodo, the trend of using video backgrounds in web design will peak in 2015. 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.
Distill offers curated free HD stock videos and clips for personal and commercial use. They have videos in many different categories including nature videos, videos of food, people and technology that you can browse to find the one that suits your needs. They post 10 videos every 10 days and you can even subscribe to receive these videos in your inbox.
Videezy, by the creators of Brusheezy and Vecteezy, is a community driven platform with a huge collection of free HD stock videos and free b-roll footages. 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.
Many of you would have heard of and used Pexels, a platform to find CC0 licensed images. Recently they started Pexels Videos, 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.
Fancy Footage Club provides royalty free HD video footages. All video footages are mp4 formatted and are optimized to loop on a website or within an app.
You can use these them for free in commercial and non-commercial projects on or off the web, some videos may require credit in exchange. You can also sign-up to receive 5 videos every month straight in your inbox.
BRoll.io offers free videos under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license that can be downloaded in .mp4 format. They add 5 royalty free HD videos to their collection every week.
Videvo has collection of free HD 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.
Life of Vids, an initiative by Leeroy Agency, provides free footage videos, clips and loops that are free of copyright restrictions. These videos can be downloaded from Vimeo in .mp4 format in 720p HD (1280×720), Mobile SD (480×270) and SD (640×360). New videos are added to the collection every week and they also accept video contributions.
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.
A library of free stock video footage and animated backgrounds. Some of the available video categories are, technology, food & drink and loops.
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.
Websites with video backgrounds intrigue us and catch our attention, you can use professional quality free videos from these sites in your web design work and make them more appealing to 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 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.