Stock Videos

Hi, i am in the process of putting an introduction video together for a small project.

I was shocked to see how expensive the stock clips are to buy on - i understand that the photographers etc put a lot of hard work into making / recording the clips but i didn't think they would be $80 a clip.

I need to buy 5-6 clips and the project does not have a budget of $400 for the clips. Can anyone recommend a cheaper video / clip stock site.
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks, i've checked most of those, but they don't seem to have muck 'stock'
What are you looking for?  I love X Stock Video:

For a free site, X Stock offers high resolution clips, but suffers in terms of variety of subject matter. Most stock footage on the site is avaliable in HD 720 or 1080 resolutions. To avoid having to sift through all of the clips, use the search link to find what you’re looking for (doesn’t immediately jump out at you).

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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented: you get 7 days free but you have to cancel or your card gets charged.  If it does get charged, it is just a monthly fee and is in your budget.

You can also search for open source "b-roll" is the term used for these things.

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What are the stock photos subject?
i am in the process of putting an introduction video together for a small project< is this using PowerPoint?
If they are non profit or selling involved?
Not to be used on a web site for profit?
Have you considered power point inbuilt clip art
I use them for inspiration and make my own from them.

Here’s How to Find Free Stock Photos & Clip Art for PowerPoint - See more at:

Images for power point
Quote from Microsoft
please read the End User License Agreement
Download our exclusive 3D animated GIFs or Flash SWF files to use in your PowerPoint presentations. Use our customization tool to create the perfect animation to use with your presentation.
Our animated clip art works great in any of our PowerPoint templates.
 In addition to your presentations, use these animations on your web sites, blogs, emails, mobile applications and more.
Presenter animations
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
There is an automated explainer video template you can use from  You will have to pay about $80 bucks but that is $2,920 less then some of the least expensive one offs.
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys. I need to buy / get stock video clips for an intro video (explainer video) that i am putting together.

I have created quite a lot of this videos and i would consider myself to have good skills in this area now but i do need to add some stock clips.

I'm not a fan of the style of the makewebvideo templates. I prefer to create 'real life footage' videos to showcase the problems that my product solves instead of cartoon / animation type videos.
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
That's good.  I agree about making your own since you can. Where any of the stock b-roll sites of use?  

Pond is also good but in the $40 to $80 range per clip*.html  Videohive is in the $10 to $20 range
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks, i use and

Do videohive provide real life footage or is it all computer based footage
That's a little clearer
 buy / get stock video clips for an intro video (explainer video) that i am putting together.
You also said> I prefer to create 'real life footage' videos to showcase the problems that my product solves.<< which is?
What's the product and how can you purchase a video to showcase your product?
Do you mean to have someone create it for you?
That would help me to narrow down the source.
As I still dont understand what to offer if I may
these look interesting to me and checked out a couple

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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Ok, so IF my product was some app that was used for the retail industry, i'd like to buy clips of several busy cities, several clips of people shopping, etc...

Then i would add in clips of the app being used which i would record myself, but i need professional clips of the above to make a high quality app, otherwise i'd need a production team to go out and shoot all of these clips which would cost a lot.

Thanks for the list of top product intro videos... it's great
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
I would stick with pond.  Search for cities and use the advanced feature to limit the amount to $10 or $20.

I found this by searching, "open source b-roll video"
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, i'll make a list of what i need and then see what i can get from where before i purchase. The annoying this is that i only need about 3 seconds from each 40 sec $80 clips
Thanks.,well anything owned by marketing TV etc cant be used.
You would need a very small segment as well .
Most push animated stuff.
Shutterstock offers lots
 the ones for web is the smallest and around 19 dollars.
 for the city aspect
using their search and inserting retail, hold your mouse over the video and it plays a sample of people shopping and various things use the search to inspire you.
There is tons of these videos on youtube you could just ask the owner if you can use parts of them
Like take this one, I cant believe it so many have already asked if they could use it for school project  and other things and the author was quite happy to share it for free.
Busy City With Busy People (Time Lapse)
You posted before me :)
hope it helps
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks Merete... i'll check out youtube too and get permission.
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