To The Archives: A Guide to Using Found Footage for your Videos

Hello Everyone!

A common dilemma when making a video is how to incorporate B-ROLL into your project. A lot of the time you will shoot B-ROLL simultaneously with your interviews to make things easier on yourself, but what happens when someone you are interviewing is talking about things you don’t have access to? There are many different creative ways to solve this problem, one of which is using archival footage. Where do you find this archival footage? Plenty of places on the internet have loads of free content like this. For this particular example I’m going to use (ARCHIVE.ORG). Archive.Org is a brilliant side for all of your archival B-ROLL needs. Most of the content on this site is free to use with varying restrictions on where it can be used. Keep that in mind as you surf the archives.

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How does Archive.Org work you say? It’s basically a search engine, much like google, that pulls from its extensive library. As you click through the contents of the site you have the option to view before you download the file. Let do a walkthrough. Say you need footage of a CHEETAH. Let’s plug that into Archive.Org and see what we get!

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Okay that’s a lot of results, but we just want videos. Let click over here and see what we get.

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This one looks promising. So we’ll go ahead and click on this one.

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As you can see there are multiple options, file formats, and download options. Choose which one you want to access and download away.

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That’s really it! You can search anything you want and do the same method to have tons of glorious B-ROLL at your fingertips. Keep in mind to you may need to look at the licensing for each piece of media you download, but most of the stuff on this site has a Creative Commons license so you are free to use!


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