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How to find images to use for making a video?


Stock photo agencies are a great resource for images that you need for your video. Royalty Free images can be used in videos for personal or commercial use. In many cases an image added to a video or a video made solely of images can have an impact on an audience that will differentiate your video from others.

What image licenses are required

A royalty free licensed image is sufficient for personal and commercial use of a video as long as the viewing limits of the image are under the allowable limits set by the stock agency. The video can be used in the following ways:

  1. On television, internet broadcast, theatrical display
  2. For distribution and/or sale in the home video market
  3. Personal home use

Though not required, it is nice to credit the images at the end of the video in the video credit list. It should show the photographer and stock agency that supplied the images.

Stock photo agency online forums are useful tools to share industry information and check what video software others are using to create their videos. You need to be a member and it is suggested that you check the forums of stock photo agencies that also sell video stock, like Shutterstock Footage, or iStockphoto stock videos.

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About the author

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus in providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography, like the PixelRockstar WordPress Plugin. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.