Once you have written the script for your video essay, you will need to start collecting the footage to put into your video. There are a range of options below.
Downloading footage from YouTube
This is the easiest way to grab the footage that you need, as long as it is on Youtube and is a high enough quality for you. There are a number of websites that allow you to download Youtube footage, however most are filled with aggressive ads, so be careful!
Youtube Downloader Online. Download Videos & Music with no ads.
Youtube45 is an adfree online youtube video and music downloader to download your favourite videos and music in multiple formats(mp4, mp3, m4a)
Online Video Downloader
VidPaw supports various formats along with optional quality for videos and music. There are up to 8K, 4K, 2K, 1080p, 720p, 360p, 240p, 144p for MP4, 3GP, WebM as well as up to 320kbps, 256kbps, 128kbps, 96kbps, 64kbps for MP3, M4A.
Sometimes the scene you want to include isn't on Youtube, so you might want to get certain scenes by playing the scene from a DVD or a streaming service and recording your screen. On a Mac you can do this through Quicktime, and on a PC you can do it through Game Bar.
How to Capture Video Clips in Windows 10
Windows 10 has a built-in tool called Game Bar to help you record your screen during PC and Xbox gaming sessions. But this tool can also be used to record non-gaming apps. Taking a screenshot in Windows 10 is fairly quick and simple.
Other ways... ahem
You may have other ways of obtaining a digital copy of the film. You don't need to tell me about them!