Any sites for free royalty free video clips? Would this be a good idea?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by newsbirdie2, Feb 9, 2006.

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    newsbirdie2 Guest

    I'm looking for some free royalty free video clips for some personal
    projects, mostly home videos of the family and just playing around
    learning Premiere. I know there are several sites selling videos but
    I'm curious if there are sites that offer free clips. Kind of like
    people with DV cams just sharing their clips. If this doesn't exist I
    think it'd be an interesting project. For example I live in Paris and
    I could contribute some Paris footage which might be useful to someone
    making a video of their Paris vacation. I know such sites exist for
    photos, but I haven't been able to find any for videos. I know it's a
    lot harder to do for videos but it seems it should be possible.

    newsbirdie2, Feb 9, 2006
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    S. Whitmore Guest

    Quoting (9 Feb 2006 08:37:18 -0800):
    The Video Liberty project was started for this purpose. It is based
    on the model of the Open Music Registry (which is no longer online),
    in that it provides a database of "open licensed" content but it does
    not provide the actual hosting of the media files. This was an
    effective model for the Open Music Registry (OMR); in the three years
    that it was online, there were over 70,000 downloads requested from
    the site, which means the independent artists offering their music
    via open license reached much bigger audiences than they otherwise
    might have been able to reach.

    Due to lack of developer time, the Video Liberty project is nowhere
    near as developed as the OMR once was. However, I aim to get it up
    to speed this month, since I now have more time to work on it.
    Because the features are not fully developed, the project has not
    been promoted heavily, so there is little activity or participation
    at this point. That, too, should change this year.

    You can find it, and sign up for a free account, here:
    S. Whitmore, Feb 9, 2006
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    newsbirdie2 Guest

    The day after my post, Shutterstock
    ( announced that they are
    expanding their royalty free photo business with royalty free video
    footage. Although I had something free in mind, I'm glad that the idea
    has been confirmed by a business. I've been thinking more about it and
    I think some kind of exchange would be cool, where you upload one clip
    and you get the right to download 10 clips. If you don't have any to
    upload you could pay a rediculously low fee like $5 that would go to
    the videographer. That would encourage people to participate more. I
    think the majority of people who'd download clips would also have clips
    to contribute.

    I checked out your site and it looks like you have a long way to go.
    Only a few videos available, it's a good start but lots of work to do.

    newsbirdie2, Feb 10, 2006
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    RS Guest

    Problem is that because video takes up lots of space, most items you
    find on the web will be in compressed formats, making it a good deal
    less usefull for detailed editing.
    RS, Feb 10, 2006
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    S. Whitmore Guest

    I agree -- it's even a problem with music, since music online is
    typically offered using lossy MP3 compression, and of course the size
    of video data makes music data look trivial. With current storage
    and bandwidth limitations, the odds are low that it would be feasible
    to produce much (or any) high-quality video using materials exchanged

    OTOH, if you're just looking for some different content to practice
    with, or for use in a personal project or a low-res medium (e.g., in
    a computer-based presentation), even compressed and low-res video
    could be useful.

    Also, some people would presumably be in viewer-only mode, so this
    sort of exchange would also serve (to some extent) to augment other
    online distribution for those who are interested in getting their
    work in front of the widest possible audience.
    S. Whitmore, Feb 10, 2006
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    newsbirdie2 Guest

    From what I've seen, many stock video clips are really short, 20-30
    seconds. Some loops are even just 10-15 seconds.

    Images are quite big too. My high quality images that I submit to
    stock sites are usually around 5megs each (8MP). If you look at the
    huge volume of images online, and compare that with a smaller number of
    videos, I think it's possible to manage the file size. The supply &
    demand of video is less than images, but the price can be much higher

    Well it's certainly an interesting idea and I will be keeping an eye on
    Shutterstock to see if they can make it work.

    newsbirdie2, Feb 10, 2006
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