Copyright-free sounds and videos can be hard to find!
I initially searched for appropriate sound effects that I wanted to use for a podcast. I didn’t find what I needed in a reasonable amount of time, so here’s a list for you so you don’t have to spend a long time as I did.
Disclaimer: I am not a legal professional and am not responsible for any misinformation and content on the other sites that I’m linking here.
Here are some great resources for free stock sounds!
Sounds range from one second through many minutes. It’s fun to browse their database. I didn’t check out their forums. Note: you need to register for a free account before you can download sounds.
Freesound has an outdated appearance but don’t let that fool you! There are tons of sounds to choose from, all royalty free.
Musopen’s mission is to “set music free”. This site provides recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public, for free. Featuring classical music, there’s a wealth of music and resources here.
I love the Musopen Music Discovery Tool and was able to quickly find this piece by Johannes Brahms. I also learned a lot about the pieces that I did research with their factual information prefacing each download. Note: you need to register for a free account to download.
Unsplash is the site that inspired Wowa. As of this post, there are only 16 tracks available. However, they are very unique and conveniently labeled with their respective BPMs. Here’s Bowers + Wilkins, my favorite on this site. It reminds me of Glass Animals! In those days 1R16 will be useful for a couple of projects that I have in mind.
Of course, there would be royalty free music on YouTube. There’s just about everything else! Lovers, Entwined by Hainbach is labeled cinematic | dramatic and suits the label perfectly, don’t you think?
Let’s move onto some great resources for free stock videos!
Cinemagraphs are short still photos containing a small repeated animation that plays on a loop.
From their site:
F word as a value:
Free. Yes, our videos are free and we’re aiming to keep them that way. Not because we don’t believe that a good video deserves to be paid for, but because we know many businesses can’t afford these and there’s so much beautiful footage out there that will never be used unless shared with the public.
Motion Places provides creatives with free stock footage from around the world. We believe that simple is best and quality matters. We film, edit, and curate everything in the collection. There are no ads, no affiliate links, and no sign-up requirements. Just a simple, curated, and growing collection of beautiful footage you can use.
Pexels is well-known for their royalty-free stock photos but they also have a decent selection of videos, although none are in 4k.
Pixabay is known mostly for its free stock photos, but did you know that they also have free illustrations and vector graphics?
There are 13 categories of footage available on Stock Footage for Free and they include Mansions+ Wealth, which is this screenshot.
Footage from Videezy is royalty free for personal and commercial use, but users are asked to credit ‘Videezy.com’ in their projects.
Videvo has thousands of free stock videos, motion graphics, music tracks and sound effects worth checking out.
There you have it! Thanks so much for getting to the end.
Please feel free to reach out and let me know if I missed any other sites as I’d love to update this post accordingly.