Free Stock Assets


Hey all! We’re back from a too-long hiatus. To get back in to things here’s a Quick Hit for you. is a stock asset vendor that in addition to having paid assets offers free video, motion graphic, music, and sound effect assets. Most free assets require attribution, which can be included in end credits or in a text description published alongside your video (e.g. YouTube video description). Make sure you check the licensing and usage restrictions before using an asset in your production to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

YouTube vs Vimeo



Hosting is free and the interface is social media-oriented and tailored for discovering content. YouTube places a focus on faster playback start and all videos are automatically transcribed and captioned. Being owned by Google, videos are also search engine optimized (SEO) on searches using Google and ranked higher in the results.


Vimeo’s free tier has very limited options and a very small weekly file size cap. Focus is placed on video quality, defaulting to HD, and a more professional layout. A different compression method yields sharper videos. Vimeo has the ability to replace a video without creating a new URL, resetting views, or resetting comments and Likes.

Side-by-side compression comparison

  Vimeo YouTube
Cost Free & Paid Free
Ads No Yes
Design Professional layout Content discovery
Social Features Like, Follow, Comments Like, Dislike, Follow, Comments
Focus Video quality Quicker playback
Captions Upload, Manual, Paid Upload, Manual, Automated
Protection Password Unlisted, Restrict to specific Google accounts
Player Customization Yes No
Replaceable Videos Yes No
Source File Retention With Vimeo PRO No
SEO No Google
Analytics Robust Basic
Support Up to 1 hour response Limited

QuickHits and a Cellphone Slide Converter

I introduce to you QuickHits; delicious little nuggets of knowledge goodness.

And with that…

Shazam!  Your first QuickHit!




BARKERGK posted a walk-through over on on how to make a slide converter for your cellphone, and for only $10 no less. With the availability of commercial slide converters very rapidly decreasing, this is a great way to convert those old slides you found in the attic while hiding Christmas presents.