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Vinten Broadcast has donated two Vision camera tripods, each worth around £2,000 to the Faculty of Creative Media and Performing Arts at West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds. They were delivered at the beginning of June and Ray Robertson,Head of School of Media commented "This gives students a chance to work with professional equipment of a quality which we could never have afforded to buy.These professional systems offer a very high degree of stability and control for a perfectly steady picture."

Peter Harman, Training Manager at Vinten Broadcast, is a former student at West Suffolk College, having studied Mechanical & Production Engineering there in the 1970s then, ten years later when his career with Vinten took a different turn, he took an IQA (Institute of Quality Assurance) diploma.

It is part of his role as Training Manager to form links with those colleges and universities throughout the UK which are providing quality training for students intending to work in the media industry. Mr Harman says he would definitely count West Suffolk College amongst the best small media schools.

"I am very impressed by the college's Media department and their very positive attitude." he said. After seeing the media facilities for himself, he asked if there was anything more which Vinten could contribute. "We were very happy to donate these systems. In the longer term, I hope we will be able to think of something more permanent - some way of getting involved in the course."

"Some of the tripods we've been using are not really designed for filming," said College technician Paul Wells. "They are made to support a lightweight stills camera. Our newer cameras are heavy; these tripods are designed for the professional camera. Students will be able to produce and experiment with more creative shots, making them better prepared for the high standards expected in today's broadcast and film industry."

Students undertake a variety of projects, from filming the video element of an ambitious multi-media student drama production, Today Is Gone, to creating 3-minute crime dramas, mock-up adverts or short documentary films on social issues.

Links between West Suffolk College and Vinten Broadcast were first developed when visitors from China Central Television and the Beijing Institute were introduced to Vinten by College staff. Vinten already had a sizeable operation in the Pacific Rim countries, and the Chinese delegates were delighted to find a world quality supplier of broadcasting equipment 'on their doorstep'.

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