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Useful Links

Click the link below to see details of free video editors (as at May 2018)
Free video editors

Music for Video Productions

 * Buyout - AKM, YoPo, 2d, Audio Network (83p per track)  etc also see Amazon ("Buyout Music")

* IAC can supply tracks…on a choice of 700 CDs* Also from the IAC - a Performing Rights License - small fee - worth it to use any instrumental music at all!
* Public Domain - e.g. Kevin McLeod, Bryan Teoh short loopable music, Classical MIDI Archives, Free Music Archive, Public Domain including lots of old jazz greats.
* Smart Sound - get away from the pre-installed tracks, everyone knows them.
* Make your own - Steinberg Sequel, Garageband, Magix, Sony Acid, Songsmith (6 hours free!)
Bensound well organised free music
* Band in a Box or Jammer - has 3000 pre-installed tracks of which the voicing can be altered. It will also handle MIDIs from Electrofresh etc but not usually alter voicing.
* Street artists - note especially that Disney buys copyright of all acts so you can use them for private videos.
* Musical scores can be read and played by special OCR programmes
* It is worth remembering that there are folk around who will compose music especially for you - an option worth thinking about for a major production.

* For synthesised voiceovers try Acapela

YouTube's copyright-free music can be accessed at:-

SFXvalley  100% free to use music and sound effects.  Just write in your video's description "music by sfx valley" 

Note that a special license is required for weddings - if you do them seriously

Free Stock Resources for Photographs, Video and Sounds

Try  for sound effects, background images and music

Free Sound Effects

Free & Royalty Free Music

You can use Bensound's music available under the Creative Commons License (with the black download button) in your multimedia project (online videos, websites, animations, etc.) for free as long as you credit

Free Download mp3

Use for YouTube and similar video sites, social media, your website, educational use and films you distribute yourself. These downloads are 192kbps mp3.

Credit: Music:

FMA artists give permission for general use of their work by attaching licenses to their songs. A license is an agreement that prescribes the terms under which a copyrighted work may be used. Just about everything in the Free Music Archive is currently protected under copyright. Many of the licenses that cover works on the Free Music Archive are Creative Commons (or “CC”) licenses, which act as an addendum to copyright, not as an exception to it. The majority of FMA artists use CC licenses as a kind of shorthand to explain the permission they want to give.

 Download music in the USE & MENTION (mandatory attribution) category


Monetization not allowed

Credit required

No commercial use

No derivatives

Online Video Platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)

Social Networks (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

Free Soundtrack Music is a system for soundtrack music composers to post their music online for royalty free licensing to video producers. ALL of the music in this online library are available for royalty free use in films, videos, video games, YouTube videos or other digital multimedia productions. All recordings labeled as "FREE" can be used without any payment of licensing fees provided that the composer or producer name(s) and the URL (web address) of this web site are included in the "credits" section of your production as described in the licensing terms.

Creative Commons license

Free to use, even in commercial projects but you must give credit to the musicians.


Free to use only in non-commercial projects. Again, you must give credit to the musicians.

Free Music Tracks

You may use these tracks free of charge in your video, film, audio and multimedia productions. All we ask is that you link back to our site or mention "Music by" in your credits. Please, note that you are not allowed re-sell these music tracks to others, post on a web site for download (as downloadable music tracks), or link directly to the individual music tracks on our server. There are also free sound effects on this site.

We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free. There are a large number of classical music. recordings available.

The Boston Public Library (BPL) sound collection includes hundreds of thousands of audio recordings in a variety of historical formats, including wax cylinders, 78 rpms, and LPs. The recordings span many genres, including classical, pop, rock, jazz, and opera – from 78s produced in the early 1900s to LPs from the 1980s. These recordings have never been circulated and were in storage for several decades, uncataloged and inaccessible to the public. By collaborating with the Internet Archive, Boston Public Libraries audio collection can be heard by new audiences of scholars, researchers and music lovers worldwide.


Free Stock Video Clips

There are some truly spectacular videos available on Pexels – all under a Creative Commons 0 (ie public domain) license, which means you’re free to use them for personal or commercial projects without attribution. 

The time-lapse videos are particularly lovely, and there are plenty of fun clips from GoPro-wearing divers and climbers. Pexels also include a handy ‘mockup’ category for footage of mobile devices with green screens that can be easily replaced via chroma keying.

Videvo offers thousands of videos contributed by its community of users. Quality is variable but they’re generally good, and there’s a huge selection to choose from.

Videos on Videvo fall under one of three licenses, so be sure to check which one applies to your chosen clip before you start working:

Videvo Standard License, which lets you use the clips in your own work without attribution, provided you don’t redistribute the footage.

Videvo Attribution License, which is the same as the Standard License, but requires you to credit the clip’s creator.

Creative Commons 3.0 Unported, which lets you share and adapt the clip, but requires you to credit the creator and indicate if you’ve made any changes.

Clips marked ‘Editorial use only’ can’t be used commercially, but those labelled ‘All projects and media’ can.

Video clips are free for personal and commercial use, unless it’s a seriously high-budget production. Stock Footage for Free provides a detailed license agreementthat makes explicit all the intellectual property information you’re likely to need.

Before you can download files you’ll need to sign up for a free account or log in using Facebook.

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.


Footage from Videezy is royalty free for personal and commercial use, but users are asked to credit ‘’ in their projects.

All Videos published on can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the Videographer or, although it is appreciated when possible. More precisely, grants you an irrevocable, nonexclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, perform, and use videos from for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the Videographer or

One of the best places to download (for free!) unique HD stock video footage and animated backgrounds for any production purpose. All clips in the library are completely free to use and are a simple "right click save" to download.

(Useful site, videos are in categories and licensing is clear MJ)

Is it really free? Yes! No copyright restrictions (personal & commercial). How about that?

( more style than substance MJ)

(Most of the free(public domain clips appear to be WW2 vintage MJ)

Stock video footage can be used for both personal and commercial projects for free! You are free to download, edit, and remix our videos. Only requirement is that you visibly add a credit link to somewhere on your website, ending credits of your video production or in the description for online media channels (such as Youtube, Vimeo..etc.) and you’re good to go.

(Material is sorted in categories MJ)

Download free motion backgrounds, free for commercial or personal use! all videos are High Definition, motion backgrounds to use in your video editing projects.

Vimeo has a number of groups proviging stock video clips, motion graphics, effects, etc such as the example below. (But they are not easily found MJ)

Free HD stock footage - all clips you find in this group I give away for free use in your productions! I hope you find useful stuff in here

Load youtube, put your search term in the search box at the top of the page, click on Filter ( just below the search box), select Creative Commons in the column under Features.


Other Video Clubs

Southern Counties Region Clubs can be found at the IAC