Frequently Asked Questions

General

Do you buy film clips?
What are stock film clips?
How does Shutterstock Footage work?

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Does my browser need to be able to accept cookies?
How do I purchase a membership?
What browsers are compatible with this website?

Clipboxes

What is a clipbox?

Membership

What are the limits on subscription downloads?
What if I forgot my username or password?
What are the different levels of Shutterstock Footage membership?
How do I remove my email address from your mailing lists?

Film Clip Usage

Can I sell templates that include your film clips?
Where can I use Shutterstock Footage film clips?
Can I use film clips that I download in work-for-hire?
Do you have any 'rights-managed' clips?
If I modify a clip, can I claim copyright to that clip?
Can I sell the film clips that I download?
Does the film clip I download have a watermark on it?
How does your licensing work exactly?
What sizes do your film clips come in?
What does 'royalty-free' mean?
Can I create an online gallery of your film clips?
Do your film clips have model releases?

General

Do you buy film clips?
We accept submissions which are then made available to our customers for purchase. To submit footage, please visit http://submit.shutterstock.com.
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What are stock film clips?
Stock video clips are video clips of common landmarks, people, and events that can be used and reused for a variety of commercial and editorial purposes.
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How does Shutterstock Footage work?
We offer high quality royalty-free stock footage at affordable rates. You may purchase footage in one of two ways: on a per-clip basis, or with a pack. For purchasing footage on a per-clip basis, just add the clips to your shopping cart and complete the secure checkout process. You will be able to download the clips immediately upon credit card authorization. To purchase a pack, please visit our Subscribe page.
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Website Navigation

Does my browser need to be able to accept cookies?
Yes, we use cookies to keep track of the fact that you are logged in and whether or not you are eligible to download. No credit card data or personal information is stored in the cookie.
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How do I purchase a membership?
A membership to Shutterstock is required in order to download clips. Footage is priced on a per clip basis, or can be purchased by subscription. Click here to become a member.
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What browsers are compatible with this website?
Shutterstock Footage has been designed and tested to work with recent Mac and Windows versions of Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
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Clipboxes

What is a clipbox?
A clipbox is used to store a group of video clips that you would like to eventually download or refer to later. When you find a clip you would like to save, simply click on the clipbox icon, create a clipbox by giving it a title, and your clip(s) will be stored there for later viewing and downloading. You are not obligated to download clips in your clipbox, and it is entirely up to you how many clipboxes you have, or if you use the clips later.
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Membership

What are the limits on pack downloads?
Our packs allow a fixed number of downloads, and those downloads must be used before the pack expires. Most of our packs expire in one year. Redownloads do not count against your remaining pack downloads.
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What if I forgot my username or password?
Visit the Forgot Password page to have your username and password sent to your email address.
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What are the different levels of Shutterstock Footage membership?
Enterprise users may wish to visit our Premier Site for larger quantity purchases and more flexible billing options.
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How do I remove my email address from your mailing lists?
Just login to your account, and visit the 'My Account' link from the header of any Shutterstock Footage page. You can opt out of any list from inside the Members section.
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Film Clip Usage

Can I sell templates that include your film clips?
No. This is against our terms and conditions.
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Where can I use Shutterstock Footage film clips?
You may use the video clips in television advertisements, educational videos, web sites, multimedia presentations, broadcasting video, and for many other uses. See our Licensing Terms for more details.
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Can I use film clips that I download in work-for-hire?
Yes. You may use any video clip from Shutterstock Footage for a customer/client project. Please indicate to your client that they do not own and do not have the rights to sell the individual video clips.
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Do you have any 'rights-managed' clips?
No. All clips from Shutterstock Footage are royalty-free and subject to our Licensing Terms. We do not offer the opportunity to purchase the exclusive rights to a clip. In most cases, the creator/owner of the clip is free to license it as many times as they like, on our site and others.
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You may modify any clip and use it, however, you may not claim copyright to that clip. Shutterstock Footage and its suppliers continue to own all clips, whether or not they have been modified.
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Can I sell the film clips that I download?
No, you may not sell the video clips that you have downloaded from Shutterstock Footage. You can use them in design projects, but you may not offer them for resale or distribution.
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Does the film clip I download have a watermark on it?
Only comp video clips have watermarks on them. Once a clip is purchased, the watermark is removed.
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How does your licensing work exactly?
All film clips are royalty-free. Detailed information can be found on our Licensing Terms.
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What sizes do your film clips come in?
Clips are available in their original format as uploaded by the videographer, and in a number of less-expensive smaller sizes. We define "4K" as any video 2160 pixels or taller, and "HD" as any video 720 pixels or taller. For ease of use and downloading, we do not currently offer raw, uncompressed footage.
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What does 'royalty-free' mean?
"Royalty-free" designates a stock video clip license that provides for the unlimited use of a video clip in any media defined in the licensing terms. "Royalty-free" is the opposite of "rights-managed." A rights-managed video clip needs a specific license stating the audience and material intended for that clip. All the video clips on Shutterstock Footage are royalty-free and so do not require an individual license. All video clips are bound by the main licensing agreement.
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No, you may not create online galleries of our video clips. We maintain an online gallery, and users can be referred directly to our website. We suggest that you use a clipbox for the purpose of collecting and sharing clips.
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Do your film clips have model releases?
Yes. In instances where video clips have recognizable faces in them, the models have usually signed releases that are on file with Shutterstock. Editorial-use-only video clips have a special license associated with them, and may not have model releases. In these cases, the clip's editorial-use-only status is indicated on its detail page.
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