Clipchamp offers a library of stock images, videos and audio tracks to help create your video.

Unfortunately, sometimes assets are removed from our stock library. This is usually because the creator of that asset (for example, the photographer who took the stock photo), has requested their work no longer be available.

Luckily, our stock library is huge! So it should be possible to replace any removed assets with something similar.

What happens if a stock asset was removed from my video?

When you open a video in the Clipchamp Editor, our backend checks to make sure that any stock assets in the video project are available.

If one has been removed, a popup will show that explains what has happened. The video cannot be exported until this is fixed.

The item will still be in your media library and timeline, but it will be in an error state. Clicking the asset in your timeline may prompt you to “relink” it, which will be useful if you have a suitable replacement you can upload.

However, usually you will want to replace a removed stock asset with another, similar stock asset. Keep reading to find out how.

How do I replace a missing stock asset?

First, search the relevant tab (images, audio, or video) for a suitable replacement. Try using keywords that are in the name of the original removed stock asset.

Once you find a suitable replacement, the easiest way to update your video is to drag the replacement from the sidebar on top of the timeline track of the original stock item. When you drag over it, you will see an icon and text that says “Replace”.

Now the new stock item will be in the same position and trimmed to the same length as the original. From here you can tweak as needed and export your video.

What if a stock asset was deleted that I have used in a previous video?

Under our agreement with stock library contributors, you have the right to continue to use an exported video you have created that includes stock, even if that stock asset was since removed. Technically, your exported video is known as a “derivative work” in this case.

You will only encounter issues when stock is removed if you try to edit an existing video project that includes removed stock assets. In this case you will need to delete the removed asset from your video, or replace it, before you can export.

What if I used a free stock asset and can’t find a free replacement?

Our library includes both free and premium stock assets. If your free stock asset was removed and you cannot find a suitable replacement that is also free, please reach out to customer support.

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