Vinten
A Vitec Group brand
Vitec Group Websites

 

100 YEARS OF INNOVATION FOR VINTEN

01/01/2010

Vinten is celebrating its centenary in 2010.

It was on 1 January 1910 that William Vinten, already noted as a remarkable mechanical engineer, took over a workshop in Wardour Street in London as his own business, at first repairing then designing and building cameras.

And it was precisely 100 years ago today, on 7 January 1910, that the new company won its first order, for 25 Kinemacolor Machines – high speed film printers for the Edison colour system – at £28 each.

As television developed Vinten naturally took an active part. Before the invention of video recording the only way to archive content was on film, often using a Vinten camera. By the early 1950s the new vocabulary of television was developing, in which cameras needed to move freely around the studio floor. While others tried to adapt film camera supports, Vinten realised that a new sort of system was called for.

In 1956 the first hydro-pneumatic pedestal – a design which many said could not be built – was delivered. “The type 419 pedestal was a remarkable achievement, and the principles within it are still in use in today’s Quattro pedestals,” said Roger Wilson, managing director. “That encapsulates much of what is good about Vinten,” he added. “We achieved something no other manufacturer could through bold innovation in design and very high quality, high precision engineering and manufacture. Those Vinten values are as true today as they have been for the last 100 years.

“Most importantly, they will remain at the cornerstone of Vinten into the future,” Roger Wilson concluded. “We will, of course, be celebrating with all our staff and our customers during the course of the year, but our main focus will be on continuing to apply our innovation in new products for 2010 and beyond.”
 

For further information about Vinten's 100 years of innovation view the timeline

Return to News and Events

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 SETTING







OUR COOKIES

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.

3RD PARTY COOKIES

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

http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html