Top 10 Stock Video Sites EVERY eLearning Pro Should Bookmark

Top 10 Stock Video Sites EVERY eLearning Pro Should Bookmark
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Summary: No room in your eLearning budget for custom eLearning video productions? Is your eLearning team short on graphic design and editing skills? Do you need high quality footage for your eLearning course YESTERDAY? In this article, I'll highlight the top 10 stock video sites that every eLearning pro should bookmark TODAY.

Find Out The Top 10 Stock Video Sites EVERY eLearning Pro Should Bookmark

I know, your bookmark list is long enough as it is. But there is ALWAYS room for one, or more, stock video sites that make your professional life a little easier. Stock footage is ideal for rapid eLearning and eLearning projects with a tight budget. You get high production value without the high cost, even if you aren't a Hollywood producer or special effects guru. Here are the top 10 stock video sites that you should check out for your next eLearning course.

1. iStock

iStock is a branch of Getty Images, which features millions of high quality images at affordable prices. On iStock you'll find a broad range of HD, B-roll, and stock videos that are all crowd-sourced. Users upload their royalty-free footage for the masses, which you can purchase with credits or through a subscription. The site currently offers a monthly and annual membership fee. Abstract, aerial, nature, time-lapse, and technology are just some of the collections that iStock offers.

2. Videohive

If you're looking for a budget-friendly option without sacrificing quality, then Videohive is an ideal solution. The site houses more than 280,000 stock footage videos, and prices start at just $1. You can browse their inventory by keyword with the help of their built-in search engine, or sort them by ratings. The site also features themed collections to help you choose the right footage for your subject matter. You have the ability to share and save videos on social media or with other members of your eLearning team. As an added bonus, Videohive posts featured items each week, as well as exclusive bundles and free footage.

3. Pexels

Pexels offers eLearning footage at an unbeatable price... everything is free. All of their videos are provided under a Creative Commons Zero license, which means that you're able to use them for commercial purposes. You can also edit or change any aspect of the footage without having to obtain permission. Unlike many other creative commons sites, you don't even need to provide a link to the source or attribute the original creator. Pexels features a wide range of categories, including: food, time-lapse, people, and nature footage.

4. is an online search engine where you can find videos from all across the web. The site features footage from major networks, such as CNN, as well as third-party video sites, like Shutterstock. There is a vast assortment of newscasts, historical videos, and archival footage that you can add to your eLearning course design. To purchase the footage, simply click on the item and then contact the provider. has a built-in search feature that allows you to find videos with ease. However, you can also opt for their "concierge search" if you're pressed for time.

5. Fotosearch

Fotosearch has been going strong for over 20 years. It offers stock photos, illustrations, audio, maps, and videos that can be quickly licensed and downloaded. You're able to use the footage for commercial purposes, such as eLearning course marketing materials, as well as websites and online presentations. They even provide you with all the licensing details before you confirm the purchase. So, you don't have to worry about any costly copyright violations later on.

6. Getty Images

63 million; that's the number of seconds of stock footage that is available through Getty Images. The site is home to editorial and standard videos, as well as images and music that can be used for eLearning. You can also choose from premium stock footage, archival film, and HD footage. There's even 4K videos that can help you appeal to modern learners.

7. Pond5

This stock footage site features almost 4 million videos, which start at $5. All of the footage is uploaded by users who price their own content. eLearning professionals simply preview the clip, then click the buy button if they like what they see. The site features a broad range of videos, from time-lapse to underwater scenes. Best of all, the clips are royalty free after you purchase the license.

8. Shutterstock

Shutterstock is well known for their royalty free images, but they also offer an impressive selection of video footage. In fact, there are more than 5,050,190 to choose from. The price depends on the resolution. So, you can find footage that fits your eLearning budget and your eLearning course design.


With new footage added every week, you're sure to find fresh content for your eLearning course. To download the footage, you simply right-click on the link and save it to your computer. You can even obtain clips using your smartphone by pressing and holding the item. All of the footage is free of charge. However, you do need to credit the source with a link. The site offers an abundance of nature footage, as well as infographic and business graph clips.

10. Videezy

Videezy has HD stock videos, backgrounds, and b-rolls that are absolutely free. However, it's important to note that each clip has its own licensing terms. Thus, the use may be limited. For example, certain videos are not intended for commercial purposes. You can search for the perfect clip by entering a keyword or perusing their categories.

There are a variety of free stock footage sites to choose from. However, it's always wise to check the fine print before you upload their videos to your eLearning course. Double check their crediting or attribution guidelines to avoid copyright infringements. If you can't give credit where credit is due, consider purchasing a license.

You don't have to be a movie producer to create top notch eLearning videos to wow your audience. Are you ready to create your own eLearning video? Read the article 7 Tips To Create Hollywood-Worthy eLearning Videos to discover a few tips to help you develop eLearning videos that are worthy of the silver screen.