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How to Find and Use
Stock Video & Photos

Video - The Ultimate Communication

Both Face-to-camera and Voice-over only promotional videos will benefit from good Video and Photo “B” Roll.

 

You could spend the time filming your own “B” Roll" or you could save time and add Videos and Photos that have been recorded by others.

 

There are many sites on the web selling Stock Photos and Videos. You will likely pay a royalty to be able to use these.

Both Face-to-camera and Voice-over only promotional videos will benefit from good Video and Photo “B” Roll.

 

You could spend the time filming your own “B”Roll" or you could save time and add Videos and Photos that have been recorded by others.

 

There are many sites on the web selling Stock Photos and Videos. You will likely pay a royalty to be able to use these.

 

However many have options that are free of royalty payments. There are sites that offer all their images royalty free and some that allow commercial use, but ask for an attribution on your video.

 

When you have selected a photo or video to download, I suggest you check whether it will require attribution in your video and make sure you copy the text that they ask for.

 

 

The following sites offer both Video and Photos to download.

 

Paid sites:

https://www.istockphoto.com/

https://www.shutterstock.com/

https://www.storyblocks.com/

https://artgrid.io/

https://envato.com/

 

Royalty free and attribution sites.

https://unsplash.com/

https://www.videvo.net/

https://www.videezy.com

https://www.pexels.com

https://www.reshot.com/

https://pixabay.com

 

Be careful.

Some of the sites in the Royalty-free list have some paid images amongst the free offers -

 

I use PixaBay extensively so I will show you the download process and where the images appear on your computer.

 

You can choose between Photos, illustrations, Videos, and even Music.

 

 

 

Type the category of the image that you are looking for

 

I have typed "Keyboard hands" - I've selected "Computer desk Typing"

 

 

 

 

Just click on the image - you will see this next screen

 

 

 

 

This will give you options in sizes.

 

Make your choice, the bigger the size the more space it will use on your HDD.

 

Click on "Download"

 

 

 

 

You will see in the image above that the licence is for "Free commercial use, No attribution required"

It is nice to credit the video author but not required.

 

Be aware

that some images from other sites will require credit.

 

The image will download to your ‘Downloads’ folder.

 

Drag it to your video editing application and add it to the timeline.

 

 

As a Final Tip:

The purpose of your promotional video is to encourage your audience to go to your web page.

 

As I have said before, your web page is your shop, whether it has eCommerce or not, Just as you would want your physical shop to look attractive and inviting, do the same for your web page.