A Vitec Group brand
Vitec Group Websites




“If I’m on a pedestal camera, then I’m using a Vinten head or head and ped,” says 30-year veteran multi-camera operator Paul Basta SOC. “My relationship with Vinten goes all the way back to series like Alice, Family Ties and Growing Pains. Currently, I’m using Vinten on the series Reba."

“As an operator, one’s reputation, professionalism and craft are directly affected by the quality of the equipment we use,” he says. “I can honestly say that, with good equipment, my job as an operator is enhanced. Conversely, he explains that, “Sometimes with inferior gear, there is more creativity used in concealing equipment problems than in shooting the show. The test of good equipment is reliability to perform exceptionally under the pressures of the job.”
Basta chooses Vinten. He continues, “Why? Because Vinten seems to have succeeded in properly designing and engineering equipment that all but guarantees successful operation.”

Even classic models of Vinten heads outshine everything else for Basta. “Once camera configuration and lens complement are matched to the right head, its ready to perform and remains reliable throughout the show”.

For Basta, the Vector series is by far the most innovative and conveniently designed camera head. “Now I have infinite control over the balance of my camera, plus equal control over the dampening of the tilt and pan functions,” he explains. “And, this can be done very quickly, without any special parts or additional accessories. Properly set up, the Vector models – including the 60, 70, 700 series and 90 – make any camera configuration wonderfully ‘neutral’ to operate.

“Vinten has always made reliable, responsive and by far the most intelligently designed camera heads I have ever used! That’s why Vinten pan and tilt heads and pedestals are the standard for television studio and field production facilities here in Los Angeles and New York.”


Paul M. Basta is a charter member of the Society of Operating Cameramen. One of the most sought after multi-camera operators, his sitcom career goes back to Alice and Family Ties. He manned the pedestal camera (with Vinten head) on Growing Pains for seven years, began working on Reba in 2001 and ‘Til Death in 2006.

The cookie setting on this website is set to ‘allow cookies’ to give you the very best experience.

If you continue without changing this setting, you consent to this - but if you want, you can change your setting at any time using the ‘change cookie setting’ link at the bottom of this page.



Cookie NamePurpose
eu_ask This is used to store the cookie setting you set in the form above.
If you choose 'Do Not Allow Cookies' we will need to store this information as a cookie with the value N.
If you choose 'Allow Cookies' or do not make a choice, we will store this information as a cookie with the value Y.

The value is kept for one year.
SESS[followed by a series of letters and numbers] This indentifies the current ‘session’ (linking the pages viewed in one 'visit' to the site).

This is used to access pages, validate forms, My Vinten and some Downloads, and for administering the site.
The site needs this cookie to work at all.

The value is kept until you close your browser.
has_js Set if javascript can run in your browser. Some pages may look or behave differently depending on whether
your browser allows javascript to run.

The value is kept until you close your browser.
dhtml_menu Used to remember which Product category you have selected in the Products menu.

The value is kept until you close your browser.


Cookie NamePurpose
Google Analytics This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.
Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the website and compile reports for us on activity on the website.
Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States.
Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law,
or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.
Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How to reject or delete this cookie