VideoBlocks Review

VideoBlocks mission is to provide creative content that everyone can afford.

Do they fulfill their mission?

Let’s start with a brief description of their company and product. I’ll get to that answer a little further down.

Company

Name: VideoBlocks

CEO: Joel Holland

Created: 2009

Mission Statement: To provide creative content that everyone can afford.

Product: Collection of over 2 million+ stock video, After Effects templates, and motion backgrounds.

Sister Sites: Storyblocks and AudioBlocks

Location: VideoBlocks Headquarters

10780 Parkridge Blvd., Suite 70
Reston, VA 20191
+1 (866) 282-5360

Featured as an Inc. 500 Company as #4 fastest growing media company

Packages

  • $99 / year Unlimited Member-  with access to 115, 000+ Unlimited Library Clips (LINK TO PROMO CODE AT BOTTOM OF PAGE)
  • Access to 2 Million+ Marketplace Clips -fee per clip
  • 800,000+ HD and 4K Videos
  • $198 /year Premium Member – options available -with access to 4,000 4K videos from the Unlimited Library, add up to 5 additional users to your account, batch loading, direct download from Dropbox, priority support and custom signed license agreements.

Back to the question, do they live up to their mission statement?

The answer is a clear “Yes”!

This company was developed by real people wanting to help real people with limited budgets to put towards graphic design content.

The company and its mission were developed by Joel Holland.

He came up with the idea when he was still in HighSchool. When Joel and fellow students started a small TV show interviewing people to help kids figure out what they want to do with their lives they were lacking the resources and funds to make their show have the impact it needed. They had great interviews, even with an interview Arnold Schwarzenegger but couldn’t produce the videos with the graphics and sound punch to make their show stand out.

The stock video, audio, and graphics available at the time were overpriced. The price of the videos and their limited use were not accessible to create media to the standards they were capable of creating.

After HighSchool Joel took a year off before starting College to travel across the USA to capture stock clips and selling them on eBay.

This was the beginning of his Inc. 500 featured company.

 

Packages For Everyone

Whether you have a very limited budget such as a student, a hobbyist, a blogger, then the $99/year fee is an affordable option.

Keep in mind that all the footage you download to your computer you can use forever !

You can use the clips for pretty much anything as long as you edit the stock clip to make it your own. That is to say that you can edit the stock clip content to the point that it doesn’t look like the original content and you can’t sell the stock clips directly as a third party vendor.

There is a good reason for having to edit the clips. As a blogger, it is hard to find free / royalty free clips that are original. When researching, I will see many sites using the same stock clips, it makes their site look unoriginal.

Editing the clips to make them your own is the way that VideoBlocks can allow unlimited access to their stock forever.

Should you buy it?

I say “Yes”!

If you are someone that is constantly searching the internet, using a number of different sites that claim they have content that is free to use but can never find an original clip to meet your needs…then VideoBlocks is for you.

One of the advantages of VideoBlocks is the confidence you can have that the clips are original, no false claims of royalty-free content.

Beware of other “Free” sites that list clips as royalty free…only to find out that they were just pirated from the internet. Then you are left holding the evidence sort of speak with the pirated clips on your website.

VideoBlocks clips are original and royalty free without a doubt. Need a custom license agreement for the clips you are using, then they can provide that as well when you become a Premium member.

I prefer to use the entry-level $149/year unlimited package for my everyday use. It has more than enough content for my needs at this time. I certainly would love to increase my business to the point of buying into the higher level or using the pay per clip inventory but for now the unlimited suites me just fine.

Using the VideoBlock clips with Adobe Creative Cloud is a sure win combination. Although Adobe also offers stock clips that seamlessly integrate with the graphic design platform, the cost is just out of my reach at this time.

My Score

9/10

Pros:  

  • Good variety of stock for the basic ‘Unlimited” package
  • Price is unbeatable, $149 / year is the price for 5 to 10 stock clips you would pay on other royalty free stock sites like ShutterStock or you have monthly limits if you pay for a monthly membership. VideoBlocks have no limits to how many you can download in 1 month.
  • Easy to use search and download features

Cons:

  • Price for the “Pay per Clip”. Although they are on par with other stock graphic clip sites, of course, I would prefer to see them cheaper.

I used to be able to offer a promo code for a $99 / year rate but since they rearranged and renamed to Storyblocks Videoblocks that promo code no longer appears to be available.

VideoBlocks Promo Code Link No Longer available 🙁


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10 comments on “VideoBlocks Review
  1. Kathy says:

    Hi Paul!

    Sounds interesting. As online marketer we are always on the lookout for good images and videos that we can use for our blogs and posts and Video Blocks looks like a viable alternative. The entry level price seems reasonable specially if compared to other sites that offer photos for sale.

    This is definitely a big help to online marketers, particularly those who are working on a tight budget. I have bookmarked your page and I am seriously considering subscribing to Video Blocks. Thanks for this post!

    • Paul says:

      Hey Kathy,

      When I started out blogging I was flabbergasted by the prices most royalty free stock image sites were asking per image or video clip. Some images or clips would cost me over $100 to $1000s…way out of my budget. So I turned to Google and would filter the image search to “Labeled for Reuse”. Let’s just say the results were pretty bleak , if not downright dreadful. Then there is always the fear that the posted image is not from the original creator.

      When I came across VideoBlocks I was surprised by the price and the extensive library of creative content available.

      Once I signed up and starting using it I knew this was a keeper. I signed up as an Unlimited member using a Promo Code similar to the one I posted in this article. I think the current $99 /year price with the added knowledge that all the content I already downloaded is mine forever was a no-brainer.

      If you do need quick and easy access to creative, royalty graphic design content remember to come back to get your Promo Code to save ++ and have access to the current $99/year price.

      You may also be interested in their sister site GraphicStock. There too I’ve added a promo code for photos, images and illustrations to use in your next project.

      Cheers

      Paul

  2. Cerulean says:

    Certainly an affordable price for stock clips when you really need them!

    Personally I don’t need them at the moment as I generally use stock images but I forsee the day will soon come where I will begin using stock clips!

    And when I do I will certainly remember VideoBlocks and the discounted offer you have so kindly made.

    • Paul says:

      Using video clips is a whole other ballgame when creating content for blogs. I know that if I had the time I would be creating so much more as I enjoy creating videos using these high quality clips. If you are on Fiverr this can be a great tool for creating titles for bloggers and vloggers.

      Cheers

      Paul

  3. greg says:

    Nice review Paul I haven’t tried video on my blog yet,but I will go for a look at this site you reviewed. Plenty of information to consider.
    Cheers
    Greg

    • Paul says:

      Hey Greg
      The available content on VideoBlocks is awesome. If you use the provided promo code you get to sign up at an incredible rate for the year. You may also be interested in my review about their sister site called GraphicStock royalty free design elements.

      Paul

  4. Tej says:

    Hi Paul,

    Nice review about VideoBlocks. I’ve just started out with blogging this year and I knew about stock photos but I never knew this concept existed for videos. I like the fact that they can be edited so that you can make your content look unique.

    I think this is something I would want to look into in the future once I end up getting more regular traffic to my site. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Tej

    • Paul says:

      It is a great tool to have. Easy access, no limits and yours forever when you download content from VideoBlocks or their sister site GraphicStock

      You can start to build your library now and be ready to create. I do understand there are a lot of things a new blogger needs to get and the costs can add up. It is a kind of catch 22, you need to make money to get the tools by getting more traffic but you need the tools to get the traffic.

      Keep on blogging and hope to see you back here one day.

      Cheers

      Paul

  5. Andy says:

    VideoBlocks definitely does look like a great product, Paul. I have been struggling to incorporate video production into my online marketing, and VideoBlocks may be just the ticket.

    You mention needing to edit the stock clips, which is a good idea anyway even if it weren’t required. Do you have a recommended video editor that works well with VideoBlocks?

    • Paul says:

      I usually use Adobe Premiere but have also used free software like “Movie Maker” that comes with windows or “iMovie” from “Apple”. It all depends how custom and elaborate you want to make your movie. Adobe Premiere has all the bells and whistles but there is a learning curve and a cost for the application. If you’re just wanting to do a quick Youtube type video then the freebies may suite you just fine.

      Cheers

      Paul

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