Every editor should have a variety of video assets, plug-ins, presets, and music at their disposal. Build up your video editor toolbox with all these free assets and plugins. From overlays and LUTs that change the look of your image, to transitions and plug-ins to help you edit more effectively — here are over 1,000 free video assets you can use on nearly any project. 

Free Overlays and Transitions

If you need to distort your footage or cover up some rough cuts with some smooth transitions, check out these free overlays and transitions. Overlays allow you to to change the look of your clips. You can add some glitch effects or a VHS look in an instant. You can use film grain overlays to make your video clips look like they were shot on film. You can even use the camera overlays to make it look like you’re in the action as it’s being recorded.

If you like working with all these free overlays and transitions, consider one the many popular video packs over at RocketStock. If you find yourself needing many more transitions, the Stanza video pack includes over 200 pre-rendered video transitions.

If the digital distortion freebie gives you the glitch you need and makes you want more, check out the Corruption pack that includes 120 distortion elements and 20 SFX. If the 13 free light leaks add that simple touch of elegance, check out the Illuminate bundle of 120 4K light leaks. For the most authentic film look, the Emulsion pack is an overlay of actual film stock captured on real cinema cameras. These tools are designed to elevate your video projects with a simple drag-and-drop workflow.

Free Music & SFX

Need some free ambient music tracks to set the scene, or perhaps some high-octane sound effects to add an action-packed punch to your trailers? Check out these bundles of free music and SFX.

If you need some great royalty-free music tracks for your projects, be sure to check out the highly curated selections over at Shutterstock Music. You’ll find everything from heartbroken anthems to uplifting tunes. For more royalty-free tracks and a wide selection of SFX, check out the massive music and SFX libraries at PremiumBeat.com.

Free Plug-ins and Effects

For those video editors working heavily in After Effects, many of the best plug-ins come from Video Copilot.

Free Color Grading LUTs, Looks, and Presets

Most video editors are not expert colorists, but many jobs now require editors to know how to handle color grading and color correction. Editors need to know how to correct things like white balance. Sometimes video editors may also need to come up with the final look in post. Many editors have turned to LUTs (look-up-tables) to get a specific look and then tweak it to their needs. For some quick color grades, check out these free LUTs, looks, and presets.

Free Titles, Logo Reveals, Animated Typefaces, and Lower Thirds

Whether you need a powerful intro or outro, or some slick lower thirds for your documentaries, these free titles, logo reveals, animated typefaces, and lower thirds are must-have tools in your video editing kit.

Free Assets

Plenty of these great free video assets are from RocketStock.com, our home for exclusive After Effects templates and video assets for motion designers, filmmakers, video editors, and cinematographers. Be sure to visit their Freebies section for new free video assets every month.

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