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Pond5 Review – Huge Collection & High-Quality

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Dec 15, 2016



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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2019

Today I am reviewing another marketplace, in which you can find creative media for your projects, clients or personal needs. Images, music, footage, sound fx, after effects, 3D models. That kind of marketplaces is where artists from around the world meet, communicate, exchange ideas and share their projects.

Not only, but this way artists without or with little online presence are now able to sell their artwork due to the high traffic of these communities. The marketplaces get their cut of the final price and the customers can choose from a wide variety of quality products.



Inside Pond5



Website: Pond5


Let’s mention some of their headlines

  • Bring your vision to life without compromise
  • Find inspiration by searching the largest library of royalty free HD and 4k stock video
  • We’re here to power every stage of your creative process
  • Interested in selling media on Pond5?

Our High Quality collection is constantly expanding

  • 6,360,772 video clips
  • 15,000 AE projects
  • 466,000 music tracks
  • 747,000 sound effects
  • 11,467,800 stock photos
  • 4,337,600 illustrations






Among their clients, you will spot

ABC, NBC, BBC, National Geographic channel, MTV, The Wall Street Journal



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Media Categories with Examples



Video Footage

Some of the departments are

  • 360VR, 4k, Abstract, Aerial, animals
  • Backgrounds, beach, business, celebration, clouds
  • Earth, ecology, explosion, film, fire, fireworks
  • Hospital, inspirational, lifestyle, loop
  • Medicine, military, money, nature, news, R3d, sea
  • Smoke, snow, space, sport, sunrise, tablet, technology
  • Timelapse, vintage, water, wedding, winter


Example: Video footage Aerial of New York – 4K 195€, HD 137€


Every week they deliver one video free of charge to their subscribers via email. Those videos can be used for commercial purposes as well under their standard license.







Music Tracks

  • Acoustic, action, ambient, background, business, Christmas, cinematic
  • Corporate, dramatic, epic, fun, happy, optimistic, piano
  • Rock, suspense, trailer, upbeat, uplifting


Example: Rainbow jet blaster 60 sec background 98€









Sound effects

  • Ambience, applause, bell, bird, car, cartoon, crowd, doorbell
  • Drum, fire, funny, game, gun, nature, ocean, police, pop
  • Rain, scary, siren, whoosh


Example: Ship explosion near 5sec 3€









After effects

  • 3D, animation, backgrounds, commercial, hi tech, holidays, intros, logos, motion tracking
  • News, photo, slideshows, sports, titles, transitions, TV, weddings


Example; 7 Logo reveal pack Cs4 – 18€








Photography – illustrations – Vectors – PSD5

  • Basketball, beach, car, fashion, food, kitchen, medical
  • Music, scary, technology
  • Abstract, flower, map, texture, vintage
  • Background, business card, green screen, tricaster


Example: Motorbike in the road S81€, M103€, L125€, XL147€








3D models

  • Aircraft, anatomy, animated, architectural, building, character, city
  • Earth, female, game, heart, iPhone, male, medieval, military, molecule
  • Planet, Sci-fi, spaceship, vehicle


Example: This is Sparta 39€






Social Media Videos


Update Feb 25, 2019:

Pond5 announced a new department where you can create videos for social media. You can upload your own video or use any of their collection.

Templates examples:

  • Creative, travel, professional
  • Spring, style, winter
  • Happy, animals, fitness
  • Food, real estate, belief

How it works

  • Select a video
  • Add text
  • Choose music
  • Upload a logo
  • Export and share

They promise a total production time of 2 minutes.

Social Media Studio


Pond5 Blog




  • Education Pro tips: how to shoot with a gimbal stabilizer
  • 6 tools for shooting high-quality films on your smartphone
  • Everything you need to build your home recording studio
  • Colour correction basics using Adobe Premiere
  • 6 apps to inspire your creativity and brainstorming



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Sell your Media



Share your vision, set your price

When you upload your work to sell on Pond5 you set the price and earn 50% of every sale

Pond5 can connect you with tens of thousands of buyers worldwide.

All these agreements between sellers and Pond5 are non-exclusive, leaving you free to distribute your work anywhere you choose.






Available positions

  • Data analyst – Prague – Czech Republic – full time
  • Chief marketing officer / general manager -New York – full time
  • Front end developer – Dublin – Ireland – full time
  • Assistant Accountant – Dublin – full time
  • Head of FP&A – New York – full time
  • English to Brazilian Portuguese translator – remote workplace – part time
  • English to Finnish translator – remote – part time
  • English to French translator – remote – part time
  • English to German translator – remote – part time
  • Inside sales executive / digital media – Los Angeles & New York – both full time



The Public Domain Project



Download thousands of historic media files for your creative projects completely free of charge.

  • Footage 9769 files
  • Audio 2754 files
  • Images 63883 files
  • 3D models 121 files


Pond5 Memberships



Members get access to a curated collection of Pond5’s best content and can download any of it for free.

But not all Pond5’s content is included in those memberships, you have access to

  • 200,000 HD and 4k videos
  • 15,000 music files and SFX
  • 200,000 images

Pro members get 5 downloads per month and premium members get 10 downloads per month

If you need anything else from the whole library you get a 10% discount.

  • Pro – 70€ monthly, or 549€ yearly
  • Premium – 136€ monthly, or 822€ yearly


Affiliate Program


Update: The Affiliate program discontinued.

Spread the word and earn money in the process. You get 5% on your referrals purchases within their first year.

But they also mention that you get $25 when you refer friends and they make their first purchases.



Final Words



Pond5 is another awesome marketplace with a huge collection of digital files that you can use for your creative projects.

I believe their prices are above the average but you can have a look for yourself.

The quality of the files is high and their video department is one of the largest in the market.




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That’s it, another review has finished, here on Web Market Support. I look forward to seeing your next creative project online and I am waiting for your comments and thoughts, Till next time.





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