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.

VMI wins National Climate Award

Together For Our Planet campaign announces Bristol and London’s award-winning green small business. VMI.TV, Bristol and London-based camera rental company, crowned Hero of Net Zero at COP26 awards ceremony. Small business celebrated for original and creative actions taken to cut their own greenhouse gas emissions. The company urges other businesses to commit to net zero … Read more

VMI Retires all Tungsten Rental Lighting

Tungsten is the most traditional form of TV/Film lighting but not many realise that 96% of the energy used is output as heat, leaving only 4% to produce light.

This makes them immensely inefficient and not at all compatible with modern sustainability ideals and on these grounds, VMI has decided to retire all of its tungsten lighting in October 2021.

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VMI Stops Using Disposable AA Batteries

VMI has made the transition to using rechargeable AA batteries and entirely stopped the environmentally harmful use of disposable batteries and shared this practice with the wider rental community.

Meet Our New Apprentices

They said it couldn’t be done but VMI’s 3 apprentices are are part of the first cohort of the Camera Technician Apprenticeship programme and are ready to start their two week boot camp at the London Screen Academy later this month.

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.

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

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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.

Barry Nelsonian Award 2020

VMI’s Barry Bassett wins prestigious Nelsonian Award.

A surprise announcement by by Infinity Photo-Optical Company, saw VMI’s Managing Director, Barry Bassett being awarded their annual Nelsonian Award to recognise his work and lifetime commitment to imaging excellence.

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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