Free Online Videos

R Proffitt
by Richard Proffitt
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I have compiled below, two lists of online video resources which I believe are the best on the web. Sites in the first list are sources of free stock video footage that you can download and use in your own projects. The second list is more cerebral, in that they all contain educational videos (mostly) free to download or view online.

Scroll down the page for the list of educational websites; directly below are the free footage resources.

Online Video Resources

Motion Backgrounds for Free
Motion Backgrounds for Free

Motion Backgrounds boasts, “We are your headquarters for professional quality motion backgrounds and motion videos. Our footage comes with a royalty-free license allowing you to use it in all types of productions for worldwide distribution, forever. The greatest part, there are never any fees! Explore our content, and start downloading today” - You do - however - have to register and give up a few personal details!

Movie Tools
Movie Tools

This site is much more geared towards animations and loops.

Monzoom Homepage

Quite a large collection of Still & Motion Graphics. Membership required - but you may posses a free membership and there are over 1000 freebies.

Beachfront B-Roll
Beachfront B-Roll Homepage

Beachfront is a blogspot collection where you can download unique HD stock footage and animated backgrounds for any production purpose.

Ignite Motion
Ignite Motion Homepage

Ignite Motion is a place to download animated backgrounds and video loops, which can be used for personal or commercial purposes.

Footage Crate
Footage Crate Homepage

Has a modest collection of free archives and PRO archives. With the free account you are allowed 5 daily downloads.

Free Footage
Free Footage Homepage

Free Footage is a place to find various collections of HD quality video footage.

Motion Elements
Motion Elements Homepage

Motion Elements is a source of premium stock videos. It offers around 400 videos to download for free (with a free membership).

Pexels Videos
Pexels Homepage

Completely free and wide range of mostly figurative videos. A comprehensive list of categories allows you to choose which short movies you need. Movies are generally between 10 seconds and a minute. All are high quality.

Videvo Homepage

Videvo (a personal favourite) is a source of hundreds of stock videos and motion graphics, which are available for download without any charge. Video clips are arranged in various categories.

Lifeofvids.com homepage

Free videos, clips & loops. No copyright restrictions (for both personal & commercial use). Redistribution on other sites is limited to max 10 videos. High Rez can be downloaded on lov vimeo account. new videos added weekly! more on vimeo. handmade with love by leeroy a digital agency in montreal & its network of contributors.

Distill homepage

A good-sized collection of HD videos. 10 New Free HD videos every 10 days. All footage is free to use personally and commercially. Made by Create the Bridge “For Creatives”.

Abstract Backgrounds

Abstract video backgrounds, like this street bokeh are popular on the web but should still be introduced to projects in a subtle way, so as not to overpower or distract from your main content.

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Educational Video Resources

Alison homepage

Alison provides over 1000 free online courses from the world’s leading experts. Join our 11 million learners today and enjoy the freedom to learn and the tools to succeed.

Amazon Inspire
Amazon Inspire homepage

A service for the search, discovery and distribution of digital educational resources. Supporting the company’s commitment to making the connected classroom a reality, Amazon Inspire provides educators—regardless of funding or location—access to digital teaching resources with rich features such as search, discovery and peer reviews.

Big Think
Big Think homepage

Big Think is a knowledge forum. The web offers us infinite data points—news stories, tweets, wikis, status updates, etc—but very little to connect the dots or illuminate the larger patterns linking them together. Here at Big Think, we believe that success in the future is all about knowing the ideas that allow you to manage and master this universe of information. Therefore, we aim to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life.

Coursera Homepage

Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate.

GFC Learn Free
GFC Learn Free Homepage

For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.

Howcast Homepage

Howcast offers high-quality, expert-hosted videos on topics ranging from hair and makeup, sports and fitness, and food and family, to dance and recreation, arts and crafts, and health and relationships, just to name a few.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy Homepage

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

Annenberg Learner
Annenberg Learner Homepage

Annenberg Learner funds and distributes more than 100 multimedia courses and workshops to help teachers keep current on the content they teach. Professional development resources provide teachers with research on the most effective teaching strategies along with their connection to national education content standards, and examples of these principles applied in real classrooms.

MIT Open Courseware
MIT Open Courseware Homepage

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Snag Films
Snag Films Homepage

Snagfilms - Philanthropic Movies and TV Shows online. For those of us looking to discover something different, SnagFilms has over 2,000 movies, TV show episodes, eye-opening documentaries and exclusive original comedy shorts. There is something to watch for everyone! Stream FREE video content on your mobile phone, tablet, desktop, OTT device or Smart TV! Watch with our free apps for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

TED homepage

TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages.

Watch Know Learn
Watch Know Learn homepage

Watch Know Learn aims to provide a world-class, online domain on which educators can store, categorize, and rate the best, K – 12 educational videos on the Internet today. And to make this service FREE so teachers, parents and students everywhere may have access to those videos.