In this video, learn where to find free media for use in your projects.
- Once you've been making videos for a while, you'll probably find yourself building up a stock collection of media. This might be video or images or music or sound effects. Now if you're just starting out you probably don't have this kind of stuff. But the good news is that there's loads of really good resources online to start building up your own collection. If you're looking for an image to help illustrate a point, or to put behind a green screen shot of your presenter, then you can of course turn to places like Google image search. What you do have to be cautious about though, is copyright. 'Cause Google will throw up a load of images regardless of whether their creators would want you to actually use them.
So how seriously you have to consider copyright would depend entirely on the type of video you're making and where it's going to be shown. But if you're making something for professional use, chances are you should take it very seriously and especially if you're going to be showing it in a public forum. One thing you can do is go to the tools menu and set the usage rights option which will limit the results to images marked for re-use. Of course this would also drastically reduce the numbers of useful results. A potentially better place to look is on stock websites dedicated to free stock, where photographers have donated their work, such as pexels.com and unsplash.com.
And if you have a budget to play with you can always dive into the premium libraries which are full of high quality varied materials. Just search for stock images to find them. A stock library doesn't have to consist only of stuff you've downloaded or purchased. You can also start building it from your own materials. So if you shoot location footage around your town or around your office, you can start to use that to build up your own stock library of useful assets you can call upon whenever you need them. So sound effects can be a little bit trickier. YouTube actually has a library of free assets which can be found in the creator's studio, for example.
But whether you'll find anything usable will depend heavily on the type of project you're working on. Ultimately, you might not even need sound effects or music. Often keeping things simple will actually yield better results. So just one more additional tip in this area, don't underestimate your colleagues. Chances are outside of your usual work contacts, some of them are going to be photographers or musicians or talented in areas you may not have realized. So maybe look into that and see if you can call upon any of their skills to help with your video projects.
- Getting started with HitFilm Express
- Setting up a camera and lighting
- Making a shooting checklist
- Shooting on a green screen
- Transferring from camera to computer
- Converting video formats
- Importing videos into HitFilm
- Using essential editing techniques
- Using multiple tracks
- Making color corrections
- Working with keyframes and composite shots
- Creating titles and lower-third captions
- Exporting and sharing video