Launch of VMI Microsite to show 20-year Sustainability Journey

Not many people know that we have been working for almost 20 years to make VMI into a more sustainable and socially equitable company. We are totally committed to becoming a Net-Zero company by 2030 have launched a microsite to share our journey. Visit Microsite

VMI is a certified Great Place to Work!

VMI has always striven to be a place that people enjoy working in and a recent independent audit by organisation, GreatPlaceToWork, has confirmed that 96% of VMI’s workforce judge VMI do indeed be a Great Place to Work. This certification required a minimum Trust Index© threshold to be achieved of at least 65% including appraisal … Read more

VMI wins National Climate Award

VMI won a national award being crowned “Hero of Net Zero” by the UK Government at the international COP26 climate summit in November 2021 for its work on sustainability. More than 160 businesses entered the competition, making a commitment at the UK Business Climate Hub to achieve net zero by 2030, 20 years ahead of … Read more

VMI Christmas Jumper Day to help Save the Children

VMI took part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 10 December 2021, where we all wore our silliest, most festive jumper on and raised £124 for Save the Children. Just by pulling on our Christmassy knits & donating, we wanted to to transform the future for children. Knowing that every pound raised … Read more

VMI 2021 Client Survey – 96% Service

In December 2021, we held our 14th annual client satisfaction survey, asking all VMI clients who had hired from us in the previous 12 months exactly what they thought about us and we have included them for you here. Most importantly though, 40 of you voted VMI 4.8 on customer service (3 is average, 4 … Read more

VMI Shortlisted for Park Royal Business of the Year award 2022

For the third year in as many years, VMI has been nominated as a finalist for the West London Business Awards. VMI has been shortlisted as one of three companies for the Green ‘Race to Zero’ Business of the Year but what is really surprising is that also, for the first time, we have been also shortlisted as one of three companies in the category of Park Royal Business of the Year.

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VMI Retires all Tungsten Rental Lighting

Tungsten is the most traditional form of TV/Film lighting still in use today, having replaced expensive and dangerous Carbon Arc fittings. In reality though, tungsten lighting fixtures ought to be called lighting heaters, since 96% of the energy used is output as heat, leaving only 4% to produce light. This makes them immensely inefficient and … Read more

AA rechargeable Batteries

VMI Stops Using Disposable AA Batteries

We all know that disposable batteries are extremely harmful for our environment and for a long time, we have been keen to eradicate them from VMI but did not have sufficient confidence in rechargables to be able to commit. We felt compelled to continue using alkaline batteries simply to give us confidence that batteries would … Read more

VMI takes on three new Apprentices

From left: Jonah Mann, Josh Barker, Matt Fisher. Dominique Unsworth recently posted on Linked-in, “I remember when everyone I spoke to said it couldn’t be done, it wouldn’t work, our industry (which was ironically built on apprenticeships) was too inflexible to ‘accommodate’ National Apprenticeship Service #Apprenticeships – this makes all the nagging, lobbying, meetings and consultations worth it. … Read more

Long-awaited UK Camera Tech Apprenticeship standard is rolled out

More than 200 young hopefuls who initially lodged their interest in the new Camera Tech Apprenticeship programme, were reduced to 100 after the first sift, 56 at the second and just 42 received invitations to the activity and selection day event, hosted at the London Screen Academy on Wednesday 21 July. Next week, 11 firm … Read more

VMI wins award to achieve net-zero by 2030

VMI is the proud recipient of a Better Futures+ Green Innovation Voucher, awarded by West London Business, to help VMI to become a net zero, fully sustainable business by 2030. VMI was chosen as just one of twelve companies in West London for this process, which involves being coached by Imperial College’s Leonardo Centre, as … Read more

VMI Bristol Image

VMI Bristol is 6 years old

VMI Bristol celebrates six years since it was set up and in that time, Gary, Jon and the rest of the Bristol team have established it into a mainstream camera rental supplier for natural history and commercials/documentary productions in the South West. [Image: VMI Bristol camera floor, Matt Heath] Our mission remains the same as … Read more

Living Wage Week coincides with VMI’s anniversary achieving accreditation

One year ago, VMI achieved formal accreditation of being a Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage foundation are the organisation at the heart of the independent movement of businesses and people that campaign for the idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. They celebrate and recognise the leadership of responsible employers who … Read more

VMI Expands London Facility post lock-down

It might seem a strange thing to do in such uncertain times but VMI has taken the opportunity of the lock-down to expand its London operation to build a third camera test room, more storage and a larger green-room/recreational area. We are still being mindful of social distancing measures and the need for good hygiene … Read more

Too Many Cards, Too Many Cameras, Too Many Adapters

I began my time at VMEDIA back in May of 2017 after spending just over 6 years working for Samsung as an in-store rep, and while also completing a degree in Film Production. Being that we live in the 21ˢᵗ Century, and a period in human history coined ‘The Digital Age’, it seems ridiculous to label myself … Read more

The History of the CFast 2.0 Memory Card

September 18ᵗʰ 2012, at the Photokina trade fair in Cologne, Germany, SanDisk officially announces the creation of a new specification of CFast card, the CFast 2.0.¹ Using the SATA 3.0 interface, these cards were theoretically capable of 600MB/s bus speeds². A logical progression in the memory card timeline as cameras were demanding evermore larger resolutions, frame … Read more

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