Motion backgrounds can help worship sessions engage the audience and add a polished, professional feel to church presentations.
And they’re not even too difficult to figure out. Adding motion backgrounds and other multimedia to your church presentations is straightforward with most modern church presentation software options.
But many churches have a limited media budget, which makes free motion backgrounds all the more appealing.
Whether you’re looking for free motion backgrounds for worship, announcements, or otherwise, you’ll want to check out these sites.
When I put together this list, I tried to find sites that didn’t require an account or a free trial to download the stock footage. Getting free motion backgrounds from most of these sites is as simple as clicking a button.
New Life Church Creative | 10+ free motion background sets
Zach Fonville and New Life Church Creative put together 10+ motion background sets. Each set (grouped by a common style or theme) includes multiple loops. These loops are really well designed and totally free—there’s no sign-up or account requirement to download them.
Here are three of the background loop sets, to give you an idea of what’s available:
MotionBackgrounds.co | 50+ free motion backgrounds
As of October 2016, MotionBackgrounds.co offers more than 50 free motion backgrounds. There’s a fair amount of variety here—even a few season and event-specific video options. (Like this Christmas motion background and this Fall 5-minute countdown timer.)
There’s no sign-up requirement to download these freebies, and, if you’re looking for something specific, a wide variety of paid options are also available.
Videezy | 200+ free motion backgrounds
Videezy has more than 200 free background videos you can download without signing up or providing your email address.
One word of caution: this site uses some aggressive advertising tactics, and you might have to sift through the videos to find a high-quality option that matches what you’re looking for.
IgniteMotion | free categorized motion backgrounds
IgniteMotion has free motion backgrounds and other video clips available in multiple categories, sorted by topic. The categories include clouds, fire, water, and more—there are even categories for each major holiday.
The categories are hidden in the top navigation bar. Once you find them, it’s easy to see whether or not IgniteMotion has the motion background you’re looking for.
Church Motion Graphics | free monthly worship backgrounds
Church Motion Graphics is primarily known for their paid motion backgrounds, which they put together in monthly “mega packs.”
But they also provide free motion backgrounds to their email subscribers.
After you join their newsletter, you’ll start getting the monthly free worship background. (Of course, you’ll also have to expect other emails from CMG—they promise to send blog posts and product news as well.)
Dan Stevers | Free video loop packs
Dan Stevers offers several free video loop packs, including a countdown + motion sampler that includes four motion backgrounds, some stills, and two five-minute countdowns.
Stevers’ other packs include a Good Friday collection and a winter-themed video pack.
Church Media Drop | 50+ free motion backgrounds
There are more than 50 free motion backgrounds available on Church Media Drop, and that number includes some high-quality options.
I appreciate how easy it is to preview these worship backgrounds—they’re embedded as Vimeo videos right on the site.
No sign-up or email address is required to download these freebies.
Mitch Martinez | Free 4k stock footage
Mitch Martinez offers a huge library of 4k stock footage separated into many different categories.
These high-quality clips (and there are a ton of them) can be downloaded for free from his site. There aren’t any download limits—you can snag as many clips as you’d like for your presentations and other projects.
Beeple-crap | Free motion graphics
The video clips from Beeple-crap are intended as source material for VJ’s and other motion graphics designers. Most of the downloads include source files—Cinema 4D, Illustrator, etc.
More Beats Please | Free motion backgrounds on Youtube
The More Beats Please YouTube channel contains a variety of free motion backgrounds. You can browse by playlist until you find the right one, then just click the download link in the description to get your free motion background.
Videvo.net | Free motion graphics and countdowns
You’ll find a mixture of countdown timers, motion graphics, and other video clips available for free on Videvo. Since there are multiple contributors and different styles represented on this site, you might have to do a little searching to find the background or clip you’re looking for—but that also means there’s a better chance you will.
The stock footage on Videvo can be downloaded free without signing up for an account.
Motion Worship | Free worship background
Most of Motion Worship’s backgrounds and video footage can only accessed with a paid subscription, but they do have one motion background available for free.
MediaShout.com | Free church media library
MediaShout has an archive of free media sets, including some sets containing motion backgrounds. The archive is regularly updated with new media sets, so more motion backgrounds will likely be added in the future.
You have to join their email list to access the free media. After you join, they’ll email you when new media is added.
What’s your go-to site for motion backgrounds?
Do you have a favorite site for motion backgrounds and other stock footage? Help others make more engaging church presentations and worship backgrounds by sharing them in the comments below!