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Production Resources

When creating a video for the internet or to broadcast on TV sometimes you need a specific piece of video, picture, the right music, or even a little tutorial on how to do something. We’ve come across multiple websites that can help you in many facets of your production, and have listed them here for you to use whenever you want!

If you have a suggestion then feel free to add it in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Hope these help!

Most of the content listed here is either in the Public Domain or protected under Creative Commons. Public Domain content is absolutely free to use however you want, without crediting anyone. Creative Commons content may require attribution or something else, please check the source. It is your job to make sure that you use each resource properly. We update this list periodically, so be sure to check back often–and share with your fellow video production friends!






  • Pexels – Licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license, Pexels has 3000+ photos.
  • Wikimedia Commons – Part of the Wikimedia Foundation, content here is either in the Public Domain or uploaded by users & is protected by Creative Commons.
  • Pixabay – Over 440,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations for use without attribution.
  • Stocksnap – They claim to “select nothing but the highest quality, highest resolution pictures” and add to their database on a daily basis.
  • Pond5 – A collection of mainly historical pictures, landscapes, monuments, & news-worthy events.
  • Texturer – A resource for a comprehensive selection of high resolution images that can be used for either images or background textures.
  • MyFreeTextures – A collection of royalty free backgrounds & textures.
  • Public-Domain-Photos – Hosts thousands of high-quality images in the public domain.
  • PD Photo – A collection of mostly free-to-use public domain photos. Check each photo for specific rules.


  • Pexels – Licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. Most footage is HD, but at least HD quality.
  • Wikimedia Commons – Part of the Wikimedia Foundation, content here is either in the Public Domain or uploaded by users & is protected by Creative Commons.
  • Beachfront B-Roll – Completely free HD stock footage and animated backgrounds.
  • CuteStockFootage – A resource for free & paid stock footage and animated backgrounds.
  • Videvo – Videvo offers free stock video footage and motion graphics & currently contains 3000+ HD clips, with new clips being added every week.
  • Videoblocks – VideoBlocks is a subscription-based site that provides members with unlimited downloads of stock video, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds and more.
  • Pond5 – A collection of historical footage, made to work with HD projects.
  • Vimeo – A group of 240+ videos from Vimeo users.
  • Videezy – Videezy gives you HD stock videos, B-roll, backgrounds, and more from videographers from around the world. All the videos are free to download & use in your projects, depending on the license.


  • Incompetech – Music for use in any project. You do need to attribute correctly if you are using the Creative Commons license or pay for the no-attribution license, if you choose that one.
  • Legal Music for Videos – These works are created under Creative Commons.
  • – This is a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, etc.  that is protected under Creative Commons.
  • CuteStockFootage – A resource for free & paid stock sound effects & music.
  • YouTube – YouTube has a library of music & some sound effects for everyone to download & use.
  • Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library – A growing collection of audio samples recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks studios. The library is free to use and all samples are completely royalty free.
  • SoundGator – SoundGator is a resource for free sound effects from multiple categories.
  • Looperman – Royalty free loops, samples and sounds that have been uploaded by their users.
  • No Copyright Sounds – You’re free to use their tracks, as long as you attribute it to them.  NCS offers mostly electronic and lounge-style music with frequent, regular additions.
  • Musopen – Musopen provides recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. They allow users to upload public domain pieces (with no attribution needed), and suggest users double-check the copyright status of each piece you wish to use.
  • Bensound – Has a mix of different audio tracks to suit a variety of moods in different genres such as funk, rock, acoustic, orchestral, & electronic.   There are some paid music tracks, most of their library is free to use with attribution & listing the website.
  • mobygratis – A large selection of mainly electronic music that’s produced by well-known musician Moby. You can sign up and use this music library in your videos, as long as it is in a non-commercial video.


  • Makerbook – A hand-picked directory of the best resources for creatives. Many of the resources listed here are on this list, but there are many more–and for other aspects of production–both free & paid.
  • Resources listing from Norfolk – This is a listing of various resources (some listed here and others not) by an employee of Norfolk’s PEG station.
  • All The Free Stock – A list of various free stock images, videos, music  and icons.
  • CyberCollege– Information here can be a little outdated, but serves as a good refresher to video production terms & techniques.
  • DV Workshops’ Final Cut Pro X Tutorials – Need a refresher on Final Cut Pro X, or want to learn a new basic technique not covered in our intro classes? These video tutorials, presented by industry professionals, are great resources!
  • Motion Tutorials – A great way to learn Motion, aside from asking one of our staff, is watching tutorials on YouTube. These videos are done by an experienced editor and is a good series for Motion 5.
  • Creative Cow – A long-established resource that many video editors contribute to. They have tutorials for most video editing software, and an extensive forum that helps with troubleshooting.
  • RocketJump Film School – This is a newer YouTube channel that showcases tips, tricks, & tutorials from experienced filmmakers. Uploads weekly.
  • Guide to Video Editing Software – This is a list, from Reddit users, of some of the most popular free and paid video software out there.
  • Every Frame A Painting – A YouTube channel that is dedicated to the art of film through comprehensive analysis and examples. Uploads 1-2 times a month.
  • Essential Guide on How to Mic Talent for Video – A handy video from B&H on how to mic up your talent with a lav mic in different situations. They have other video tutorials on their site, so be sure to explore.


We’re always looking for more resources to add to the list, and use ourselves. If you know of a resource for free, or little money, that both LCTV Staff & members could use then please feel free to email Dave by clicking here to tell us about it.