Create attention-grabbing videos with iStock’s free online video editor

Promote your products and watch your business grow by making eye-catching videos that reach your audience. No experience needed.

Use the video editor to create engaging projects in 3 easy steps

1. Edit for free

Combine videos, images, and music from iStock or upload your own. Edit length, text, and more.

2. Pay for iStock visuals

Get the iStock video clips or photos used in your project with credits.

3. Download and share

Choose from several web and social media-ready sizes. Re-download in a different size for free.


Start with the perfect video template

Bring your story to life with thousands of top performing, ready-to-use templates. Whether announcing a sale, promoting an event, or adding stories to Facebook or Instagram—we've got the perfect template for your project.

Or start from scratch by selecting "Edit this video" on any iStock clip.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I have to pay to use the video editor?

No, the use of the video editor and templates—including the text styles and music clips you use—is free. You only pay for the iStock video clips and photos.

What types of videos can I create with the video editor?

There's no limit to the type of videos you can create. Some popular uses include:
• Marketing and promotional videos
• Facebook, Instagram and YouTube video ads
• Social media videos
• Product and explainer videos
• Event ads
• Intro or outro videos

Can I use my own videos, photos, or logos?

Yes. Once you select an iStock asset or choose a template that has one, you can upload your own video clips, logos, photos, graphics, and music or audio clips to customize your video.

In what formats and sizes can I upload my own videos, photos, or logos?

You can upload your own videos in MP4 format and images in JPEG or PNG format that are under 2MB.

How many video clips and images can I add to a project in the video editor?

Add as many as you want as long as your video isn't more than 5 minutes in length. You can add a mix of iStock video clips, images, or music clips including ones you've previously downloaded (see your download history), as well as your own uploaded videos and images, logos, music clips, and more.

Can I access the individual iStock video clips and images I used in my video project?

Yes. After you purchase and download your video project, the iStock video clips and images you use are automatically added to your download history.

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What resolutions and file types can I choose to download my video project?

You can download your project as a MP4 video in Full HD: 1920 x 1080 or HD: 1280 x 720. You can also download as a photo or GIF.

Can I re-download my video project?

Yes. In the Downloaded section of Your Projects click Re-download and you'll be prompted to choose a size or format.

Will the video editor be available in other languages?

The video editor is currently available in English only, but more languages will be available soon.

Can I still use the video I created once my subscription expires?

Since all our videos are royalty-free, you're free to continue using your video in perpetuity, within the terms of the license agreement.

What license do I need?

Every iStock video clip or image you use in your project comes with a standard license that lets you use it in a wide variety of projects including advertising, websites, blogs, presentations, publications, video productions, podcasts and more.

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