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. It's most likely 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 Clipchamp, our backend checks to ensure all stock assets in your video are available.

A popup will appear on your screen explaining what has happened if a stock video is no longer available. You won't be able to export your video if it includes unavailable stock footage until it's fixed.

You'll still be able to locate the unavailable stock in Your media tab, and your timeline, but it will be in an error state. Clicking the asset in your timeline may prompt you to “relink” it, which is helpful if you have a suitable replacement you can upload.

It's best to replace a removed stock asset with another similar asset. Read on 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 in the name of the original removed stock asset.

Once you've found a suitable replacement, the easiest way to update your video is to drag the replacement stock 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.”

The new stock asset 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 used in a previous video?

Under our agreement with stock library contributors, Clipchamp users have the right to continue using exported videos that include stock that no longer exists on Clipchamp. Technically, your exported video is known as a “derivative work” in this case.

You will only run into an issue with deleted stock assets if you try to edit a video that includes removed stock. You will need to replace the removed stock and export your video again.

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

Clipchamp libraries include both free and premium stock assets. If you can't find a free stock asset that is a suitable replacement for unavailable stock, please reach out to customer support.

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