I have seen free images and music, but is there any site out there that gives out free non-copyrighted movie clips that can be used?

I want to be able to search and look for movie or video clips needed to use as examples for my film. For example, if I want a video of a helicopter going across sky I want to be able to find that.

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Depending on the subject, you'll have to dig a bit, but "helicopter" produces quite a lot of results, like this one that has an AVI with 200MB:

credits heli image


Browse the Creative Commons repository on Vimeo for a start. Except for the two non-commercial categories, videos from the other categories can be used for a credit, at most.

Here’s where you can browse all the videos on Vimeo that have a Creative Commons license applied to them. Creative Commons licenses enable members to grant copyright permissions on their videos so others can copy, distribute, edit, remix, and build upon them while giving credit to the original video’s creator.


If you're only looking for examples, for internal work and that won't be displayed publicly, I believe you're not breaking copyright by using images found on youtube, vimeo, etc. At least in my country you wouldn't, but check your legislation.

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