Clipchamp works with StoryBlocks to offer a library of thousands of stock videos, graphics and backgrounds that you can add to your Create projects.
If you're on the free Basic Plan, you'll be able to add stock videos to your projects, but unless you choose videos that are marked as free (click on the "free forever" collection in the library to see options), they will be watermarked with a grey Clipchamp logo.
To remove watermarks, you can purchase stock videos individually when exporting the project or upgrade to a paid plan that includes access to stock videos. While on a plan you'll be charged a monthly or yearly subscription fee.
NOTE: you can always use your own video files in editing projects for free without any watermarking.
How to add stock videos to your project
1. Click the Stock Library button
Click the Stock Library button in the left hand menu of your project under Add Media, shown here:
2. Click on Video
To look for stock videos, ensure VIDEO is selected in the left hand menu (If it's selected the search bar will say "Search video...")
3. Type a keyword into the search bar OR browse the collection
Type the type of video you would like to find into the search bar at the top.
For example: "champagne", "confetti", "wedding background", "Christmas graphic"
Browse the collections we've put together. For example, click on Free Forever to see the collection of stock videos that are available for free.
4. Adjust the sorting parameter (if you want to)
Click on the drop down to the right of your keyword to see certain kinds of videos first (e.g. most relevant, most downloaded, highest rated, undiscovered)
5. Browse the results
You can hover your cursor over a video result to see the video play.
6. Click on a file if you want more information
If you click on a video, you will be able to view it in a larger size and see more information about it, as well as select and view similar videos from the bar below it:
7. Add a file using the plus (+) symbol or the 'Add to library' button
When you find a video asset you want to use, add it to your project's library. It will make it available for you to try in your project until you're ready to export.
To add a video directly from the search results page, click the plus (+) button that appears in the top left of the asset when you hover over it:
A tick will appear once the video has been added to your library:
To add an asset from the information window, use the Add to library button:
Then close the window using the X in the top right to keep browsing.
TIP: You can add several video assets to your project's library while browsing, then return to your project to work with them once you're finished. You can also remove assets from your library later if you don't want to use them anymore.
8. Close the stock library
Once you're done browsing the stock library, simply click the Close Library button in the top right, or the Close button on the bottom left.
You will be returned to your project and can start working with the stock assets you selected.
Adding stock videos to your timeline
The stock videos you've added should now be visible in your project's media library in the top left. You can drag and drop them into your timeline at the bottom of your project to start working with them.
In the example below, we've added two stock videos (an animation of the sun rising over Planet Earth and a confetti background), two stock sound effects, and a title to create a short happy birthday greeting:
When the video plays you will still see the watermark at this stage if you are on a Free Plan. The watermark will be removed if you purchase the stock videos or upgrade your account to a paid Create Plan that includes stock assets.
Exporting a project with stock videos
If you export a project that includes stock videos without upgrading to a paid plan, you will see a message like this:
Now you can choose to:
- upgrade to a Business Platinum subscription that includes unlimited stock videos (as well unlimited stock audio and higher quality exports), OR
- make a one-off purchase of the stock videos in your current project by clicking the pay to export once button displayed at the bottom of the screen.
- export a draft watermarked video.
NOTE: Once you purchase a stock video you will be able to export that video as many times as you like, as well as use it in other projects, without having to pay for it again.
Next you'll be taken to a payment screen.
If you've chosen to upgrade to a plan, be sure to select your desired billing frequency (either monthly or yearly) before making payment.
If you've chosen to make a one-off purchase, the payment screen will show the number of stock assets you're purchasing and their cost on the right hand side:
Click pay now to go ahead with payment and export your project.
If the export fails or is cancelled any one-off payments won't be charged.
Try it out
Head straight to Create to try out adding stock videos for yourself: