Any action movie ever created usually relies heavily on a large number of different stock footage elements for things like explosions, blood hits, muzzle flashes, smoke, debris and more. I use plenty of it myself as it is easy to integrate into your shots and, with a little bit of work, looks really great.
In this post I want to show you a few of the best action stock footage resources that I know of, both paid and free. I will update this post from time to time as I discover new great sites worth checking out.If you got yourself some free stock footage that is not pre-keyed make sure to check out my post on how to remove black background from stock footage.
While it's not free, I did not regret purchasing the 720p version a couple of years ago. I have used elements from Action Essentials 2 for almost every single one of my YouTube videos and I am considering upgrading to the 4K version now that higher resolution video is going more mainstream.
Definitely the recommended option if you can afford the money!
There are 2 areas where you can find free action stock footage on Detonation Films:
Follow these links:
These pages contain some of their older material, but it is conveniently packaged up into a number of larger ZIP files that you can download for free.
In order to download the stock footage from the Free Stuff pages, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the big Detonation Films logo.
A popup will come up with some information and a preview video for the the selected stock footage pack. To proceed to your download, click on the 'I want this!' button.
A new popup asking you for your details and a price will appear. Wait what? It's not free?!
I encourage you give them a little bit of money for the pack, but you can also just enter '$0' into the price box and download the stock footage pack for free. Phew!
Once you submit the form the download link for the free action stock footage pack will be sent to your email address. Just download, unzip and enjoy!
Besides the above mentioned free stuff packs, you can also find miscellaneous free stock footage clips all over the Stock Directory pages on Detonation Films.Visit to the Stock Directory page and look for links that indicate 'free' elements. You can then download individual clips for free on the sub category pages.
Simply expand the 'Royalty Free Video FX' and 'Royalty Free Sounds' menu options, select your desired sub-category and off you go!
Tobias.please I love ur job and u have inspired me to go into editing. but I don't know how to go about it because I am lacking the softwares for it
Tobias, love your After Effects tutorials. I've watched several and have applied them to my budding VFX work. Your tutorials are information-filled, super well organized and planned, zipping quickly through the less-interesting parts, and you cover truly important and interesting topics. THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge and for communicating so professionally and efficiently, it helps enormously!Quick note - this is really just a typo. On this blog post on your site ("Best action stock footage") you say that Video Copilot's "Action Essentials 2" comes in 720p and 4K, but actually, VC calls the high-res version 2K, not 4K. Not a big deal, just wanted to mention. I actually did get the 2K version, and have found it useful even for normal 1080p videos, because the 720p effects (some of which, like muzzle flashes, only take up a small part of the screen) are slightly too small for some of the close-up gunfire. I agree with you, Action Essentials 2 is awesome!
A very nice effects that you have i liked it very much i also want to makethese effects i want to buy a effect pack
Your tutorials are amazing! THANK YOU!! You inspired me to start filmaking! You're doing a great job, keep up the awesome work.Thanks!