NCI B-roll Collection

NCI Office of Media Relations, 301-496-6641,

The NCI Office of Media Relations maintains, and frequently updates, a collection of B-roll video depicting various areas of research at NCI.

All video is free of copyright, and available to illustrate stories about cancer research and treatment. Please credit the National Cancer Institute for use. If you are unable to download the B-roll using the links on the following pages, please contact the NCI Office of Media Relations to request a DVD.

NCI B-roll is available in the following categories:

  • General NCI Footage: Includes footage of NCI facilities, and historical footage of President Nixon signing the National Cancer Act in 1971.
  • Cancer Cells and Genetics: Includes footage of normal and cancer cells, labs conducting genetic research, and explanations of proteomics and molecular aspects of cancer.
  • Lab Research: Includes footage of various laboratories, including cancer vaccine research, natural products, and HIV imaging.
  • Detection: Includes footage of film and digital mammography, MRI, ovarian palpation, sigmoidoscopy, a digital rectal exam, chest X-ray, spiral CT, and a pap test.
  • Treatment: Includes footage of robot-assisted surgery, radiation treatments, and chemotherapy administration.

Preview clips are also available on the NCI Media Relations YouTube channel.

Instructions for Download

To save a full-length video file, right-click (Mac: ctrl+click) on the underlined link for the full-length standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD) video. Then select “Save Target As” (in Internet Explorer), “Save Link As” (in Firefox), or “Download Linked File” (in Safari), browse to the appropriate drive and folder, and then save the file.

Video Specifications

Most of the standard definition videos were shot on BetaSP tape and digitally transferred at at full resolution (SD). Footage dated after 2008 was shot digitally at high resolution. All video clips are saved as QuickTime movies (.mov).