Digital content creators can’t take every photo, record every video, or create every background music clip that they need to use in their content. That’s why license-free stock photo, video, and music services are so vital to creating high-quality, professional content for people to access free of charge.

Pexels is a great resource for free stock video and images. If you need to download media for a video, YouTube intro, a social media clip, or b-roll, Pexels library has a rich search.

To integrate stock video into your own content seamlessly, I recommend using the Kapwing Studio. Not only does it allow rapid imports supporting many file types and online sources, it actually contains a fully integrated plugin for Pexels, the best free stock video database on the web, allowing you to import, edit, and create full video projects without ever leaving the editor. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Open the Kapwing Studio
  2. Find the Pexels video you want to edit
  3. Edit, combine, and create
  4. Export and download

Step 1: Open the Kapwing Studio

A screenshot of the Kapwing Studio.

You don’t even have to visit the Pexels site to edit their videos – just search for them using the Kapwing Studio plugin and start editing immediately. Open your browser on any device and head to Kapwing.com. Select the Start Editing button and you’ll be taken to the Kapwing Studio, where you can search for your Pexels stock video.

Step 2: Find the Pexels Video You Want to Edit

Once you’re in the Kapwing Studio, select the Plugins button on the right end of the top toolbar. Find Pexels in the list of plugins and select it to open the Pexels search tool right there in the Studio. You can move and resize the Pexels popup window however you want.

A screenshot showing how to search for videos using Kapwing's Pexels plugin.

The Video tab will be selected by default, so you can enter any search term in the search bar to find all the Pexels stock videos that are available – for my example I’m looking for cat videos. Click on any video result to upload it directly to the editing canvas.

Step 3: Edit, Combine and Create

Once your video layer has been uploaded to the Studio, you can make any edit you want using the editing toolbar at the top of the window and Timeline editor on the bottom. Using the Timeline editor at the bottom of the Studio window, you can arrange, trim, split, duplicate, and change the volume of your Pexels videos, audio layers, GIFs, and images. You can also drag and drop any image, video, GIF, or audio file to the Timeline to import it directly to your project.

A screenshot demonstrating ow to use the Kapwing Studio's Timeline editor. 

In the top toolbar, the Text tool allows you to add text to your video with custom font, color, outline, animation, background, and even drop shadow and blur effects. The Images tool lets you search for and import pictures from the web, using the editing tools in the menu on the right to add custom outlines, animations, and filters. Using the Record tab, you can add video and audio layers to the Studio by recording your screen, external audio, internal audio from a browser tab, and camera video – you can even combine these inputs and record several all at once.

A screenshot showcasing layer editing in the Kapwing Studio.

The Audio tab allows you to upload audio files or paste links to online sources like YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and SoundCloud. You can then adjust your audio layers’ volume, trim them, combine them, add audio fade effects, and even convert them into visual waveform layers. The Subtitles tool can auto-transcribe your video in any language, translate it to another language, and lets you customize your captions in any way you might need.

A screenshot of Kapwing's Filters tool.

You can also return to the Plugins tab to browse through Kapwing’s six other plugins. Use Unsplash and Pixabay to find stock photos, or try GIPHY Text and GIPHY Search to transform text into a Word Art-style GIF or important GIF on GIPHY. The Kapwing Resources and Help Center plugins let you access tips, tutorials, and FAQ answers while you edit your project.

Step 4: Export and Download

When you’re done with your editing process, select the red Export Video button in the upper right corner to process your Pexels video project – for longer video projects, this process may take several minutes. Once your video is finished processing, use the Download button on the right (or below your video, on mobile devices) to save the video straight to your files.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

I hope this article helps you edit Pexels stock video footage and use it in your projects! For more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel or read through some related articles on editing using stock photo and video:

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