How to find Creative Commons Material using YouTube

Ok… to be honest.. this has been covered before. But I didn’t have a clue on this.. so I did some research into how I can pull video footage from the internet and use it for my own Youtube videos, vlogging, and video editing purposes.

I have an Iphone X, Go Pro 7. But I don’t currently have a digital camera or a drone; so I am limited to what I can do with video.

So; I’m lazy. Naturally, I want to find video that is already done for me.

I’m here recording video currently in Bali. I noticed people flying drones over me while I sat on the beach, went to a nice lookout spot, and I saw other people’s Go Pro’s at the beach.

I started wondering.. hmm… Can I just ask them for all their video footage??

I don’t want to spend $2,000 on video equipment, spend weeks learning it all, and weeks more going around to record footage if I don’t have to.

How can I find Creative Commons Material using YouTube??

I just did a few Google searches to start off. Found some things. Ok. Here’s the short answer.

#1 Youtube Search

It’s simple. Just click on creative commons in the YouTube Search. I found 100’s of videos just for Bali.

Now all the videos in the search will be licensed under Creative Commons.  Note this will return all Creative Commons licensed videos, so you will need to be sure to check out the particular licence and abide by its conditions.  For more information on Creative Commons licences and their conditions, see the ‘What is Creative Commons?’ Information sheet.

Now, you just need to download the videos you want.

How to find Creative Commons Material using YouTube

#2 Creative Search

This is in beta. I am just testing this out today as I write this. This is a search engine which is perfect if you are also searching for images and other media outside of video.

I recommend saving this link as well. I found millions of amazing images with the ability to use them. Wow. So cool!

#3 Stock Footage Search

There’s so many websites that offer stock footage. The problem is that most cost money. That’s why I am using Youtube mostly for video footage now. Stock video footage is okay; but of course its very generic.

I found some free videos; but they usually only have a few available.

Final Assessment:

Youtube search is the best to find videos for your next video project. Just make sure to follow the guidelines.

How to Download Your Youtube Videos

There is a few ways to do this.

The way I currently found to do so is with YouTubnow.

It’s simple; just copy and paste your Youtube video link and you are done.

Just make sure to organize all your video downloads as they can easily pile up hah. 🙂

I hope you found that finding Creative Commons Material using YouTube is easy and effective.


Youtube Ads for Local Will Be Everywhere in 3 – 5 Years

Up until now; YouTube Ads have been mainly a tool for large companies to brand; for movies to show trailers; and for YouTube channels and Online Companies to run some very effective video ads.

That, however, is about to change in a very big way. Local YouTube Ads are about to get very popular. Likely, very fast.

YouTube is about to roll out a mobile video studio all over the US for local businesses to record a video and setup a video ad for YouTube.

This means that YouTube already knows YouTube Ads For Local are not only viable; but very profitable.

Ironically; I’ve been preaching that local businesses need to get on Youtube and run ads. It’s way more effective and cheaper than traditional TV. The tracking on traditional TV is non existent. On Youtube; it’s close to real time tracking and there’s a ton of data. You only pay for clicks and not just impressions / views.

There’s so many benefits for local businesses to start using Youtube Ads for their business. They should also have a Youtube channel with at least some video content.

I think it’s a great idea for many niches to get on Youtube. You only need a phone these days to do HD video and it only takes a few minutes to do.

The big difference between Youtube and TV and Youtube has the younger audience. TV has the baby boomers and older audiences. So; if a local business is catering to a younger audience; this makes it even more effective.

Are you catering to teens? Hipsters? Gamers? Is at least a portion of your customer base under 40? Then; you should be on Youtube.

My mom at 61 just shared a video with me from Youtube about SEO. It’s not like no one over 40 goes on Youtube. I think more and more of the older audience will adopt usage as we go forward in the next five years.

Youtube is getting better and better as well. The ads platform is better. And now ; they have the following announcement:

“Soon you’ll be able to reach people on YouTube who recently searched for your products or services on Google. For example, an airline could reach people on YouTube who recently searched for ‘flights to Hawaii.’ We call this custom intent audiences,” explained the recent Google’s announcement.

This is basically retargeting on steroids!

The future of online advertising is already bright; but Youtube and Adwords have definitely has been making changes that has led me away from Facebook Ads more and more.

I can’t help it. I am in love with everything that Adwords has been doing as of late. AND.. I think this trend will continue.

I may in fact move more and more clients to using an Adwords / Youtube Ads + FB Ads strategy and tie them together by retargeting traffic with Google tags across both platforms.

Im excited.

How about you?

Have you used Youtube Ads? Have you used Youtube Ads for Local?

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