How Do I Search For Media?

With our vast and ever-growing library of over 4 million royalty-free video clips - plus music, sound effects, photos, and more, get inspired without compromise.

Getting Started

  • Navigate to the Pond5 homepage:
  • Type your keywords in our search bar
  • Choose your media type by selecting from the drop down menu
  • Hit the search icon or ENTER

When you find media you like, simply click the add to cart or add to collection icon. You can also drag and drop the clips into the toolbar on the right, save them for later, or share with ease. You can even control who has access to your collections - just set them to private or public.

Sorting Results

You can sort your results by choosing an option from the dropdown menu. This includes sorting by best match, popular, newest, price, and duration.

Note: Sorting will reset if media type is updated

How to Filter Search Results

You can refine your results by enabling some filters.

Using our advanced search option, first enter a search term into the search box, and click the search icon or ENTER. Once your search results appear, you will see the Advanced Search bar on the top of your results.

Your search results will update instantly with the filters you check.

Using Search Page Thumbnails

To get a closer look, simply hover your cursor over the Thumbnail to see a clip’s title and current price.

You can directly add media to your cart or collection by clicking on the icons.


Clicking on the Thumbnail will take you to a full preview page that has additional information available.

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    I hate your website...impossible to nagivate, can't get back to home page, freezes...annoying.

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    I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble using our website. We'll be happy to help resolve your issues. Just send an email to detailing your problems, and we'll get you taken care of.

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    Can you do advanced search queries like displaying results that don't include a particular artist (in the cases when one artist style is not what you are looking for and that artist has lots of keyword search results)

    In google you can use a minus sign like 'burger -king' and you wont see "Burger King" in the results

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    @Moebull - I'm afraid our search system does not support boolean searching, no.

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    It really complicates matters for me that you can’t search videos by stock number. If I haven’t bookmarked a clip but have downloaded a sample, the clip number is part of the file name, and it would provide an easy way to go right to the clip page and buy the exact clip I need. Shutterstock and others allow you to do this. Otherwise, I’m forced to search using part of the clip description and weed through all of the similar clips to find the right one—then check the number in the URL bar to make sure I have exactly the right one.

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    @briantroutman - You actually are able to search for items by clipID. The clipID can be found on the item information page, or in the filename for the preview. It's just a string of numbers. If you punch those into search, without any filters on, that file will be the only one to return.

    Sometimes a file is associated with other files, and in that case you'll get the one item page with all the associated versions on it. Then you just have to click "add to cart" on the particular "flavor" you want.

    If you're not able to get files to return with the clipID, double check your advanced filters. Are you searching for an image in the video section, for example? If you clear the filters, that should help. :)

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