Welcome to Green Screen Footage.
On this site we have scoured the web for the most relevant, useful and best quality green screen footage. Whether its dancing animals, explosions, animating text, after FX projects or graphics and alpha channel elements we have compiled it all here. Please browse the main categories to the right and from there you will be able to go deeper into each category depending on what you are looking for. Gone are the days where this kind of footage would cost you 100′s of dollars. With the internet and the micro-stock revolution you can now get clips for as little as $10. You can also even find clips for free.
We will be adding to the directory continuously and refining search methods. Please also check back for upcoming in depth articles about how to shoot and edit your green screen clips.
Also we will be continuously scouring the web for the best free clips. You can find a new FREE clip every week at Pond5 Stock Footage
Tips on selecting and buying green screen footage.
Once you have found a green screen footage clip you want to use, you will have to sign up to the relevant stock footage supplier if you are going for royalty free media. The largest are iStockPhoto and Pond5 but you will also find companies such as Revostock, Shutterstock and ClipCanvas. You will need to sign up for an account with any company you want to purchase from but it usually takes no more than a couple of minutes. For iStock and Pond5 (and most other companies) you can download a low resolution clip and try it out in your edit. For green screen footage this method is certainly not going to be perfect as trying to chroma key out a piece of low resolution green screen footage is not going to work that well. However, it should give you enough of an idea as to whether the clip is what you need.
If you opting to use some of the free samples then usually these are hosted on You-tube or other video sharing sites. In our directory we will give any specific instructions for accessing the free green screen clip.
Using Keepvid to download green screen footage from Youtube
If there is no straightforward way then you can use Keepvid.com to pull the video from You-tube and convert it to any one of several file formats- usually Mp4. Simple copy and past the URL of the You-tube video, open up keepvid.com and paste that into the box at the top of the screen. Shortly Keepvid will provide a list of file formats. It is usually best to select high quality Mp4. You can then download the video.
Please note that, whilst you can physically do this, it does not mean that it is legal to use the clip. It may have copyright attached to it. At Greenscreenfootageclips.com we have aimed to source only clips that are either public domain or have a creative commons license. It is your responsibility to make sure you know what rights are attached to anything you download and use.
Difference between royalty free and creative commons license
If you are working on a commercial or corporate project (or anything in which some kind of financial aim is involved) then you will want to use royalty free green screen footage and pay a one time fee for it. In days past you would have to enter into a complex legal arrangement where money is paid to the author for every specified broadcast of their work. In the world of the internet this kind of set up is neither practical or enforceable. With royalty free you pay a one time fee for the video and are then able to use it as many times as you want and in any context. The only main restriction is that you are not allowed to simply purchase the clip and then sell it on somewhere else. It must be used as part of a creative project. Of course the requirement is not a black and white issue. however- basically as long as you are not using the clip stand alone (even if it is only to add some text over the top) you will not be at risk.
The creative commons license is a relatively new legal construct. It allows people to make their creations available for use for free but with certain restrictions, which the author can broadly define. You can find out more detailed information of creative commons online but for out purposes here the issue is usually pretty simple: free green screen footage clips with creative commons licenses can be used in your creative projects but you will need to credit the author somewhere. In many cases the footage can not be used for commercial purposes but this is not always so. The advantage of creative commons licenses is that, compared to usual legal terminology, they explain fairly clearly what you are, and are not, allowed to to in each case.
However, if you have any kind of commercial intent for your project, or are not sure where it may end up getting distributed, then the royalty free green screen footage is going to be your safest bet.