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Free or Cheap Resources for Royalty Free Stock Video

Video Podcast Green Screen from user Racum on Flickr

Video Podcast Green Screen from user Racum on Flickr

Creating professional quality podcasts can be quite challenging when you are new to working with audio and video. Luckily there are free or low cost resources out there to help you boost up the quality of your episodes. Like the previously mentioned stock audio company iStock Audio, there are tons of websites out there that offer free or low cost video graphics for your show (including backgrounds, lower thirds, animations, video/news clips, and more). Below is a short list of places to look for great video clips. This is not an exhaustive list by far, but it should get you started so you will have a baseline for when you start to dig deeper into finding resources for stock video clips.

Stock Footage For Free (free)
Completely free stock footage. Simply register and download free stock footage instantly. No fees, no catch, unlimited downloads.

MovieTools.info (free)
MovieTools.info claims to be "your number-one source for completely free animated 2D and 3D background animations, lower thirds and more". They have a list of free video graphics in both 4:3 and 16:9 formats for use in your projects.

The Internet Archive (free)
A collection of stock footage clips submitted by Internet Archive users. These clips are designed to be used in other videos. All clips in this collection must have a Creative Commons Licenses.

Pond 5 (starting at $5.00)
With over 205,000 clips online to instantly preview and download, and prices starting at $5 for broadcast quality SD and HD clips, its easy to get addicted to Pond 5.

iStock Video (starting at $22.50)
Higher quality and larger variety of royalty free stock videos (and photos, and audio) for use in your video productions.

Having reviewed all of these options, what resources do you use? Please, leave a comment with your favorite royalty free video clip sites below!

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