The Vitec Group remembers Bill Vinten (1920-2015)

Bill VintenThe Vitec Group has confirmed the passing of Bill Vinten, the son of founder William Vinten and an instrumental figure in the development of the company over the last half-century and more.

As a renowned cinematographer during and around World War II, Bill understood the needs of camera operators, translating his knowledge into remarkable products that transformed the industry.

His achievements include the design of the first camera pedestal that allowed cameramen to track and jib simultaneously without losing sight of the viewfinder, along with the first pan and tilt head to meet the BBC’s specifications for manoeuvrability. With further enhancements throughout the years, these designs laid the groundwork for today’s flagship products.

“Bill’s incredible dedication to our business spanned a long life of service that continued well beyond retirement,” said Stephen Bird, CEO of the Vitec Group. “The Vinten name remains one of the most respected in the camera support industry with over 240,000 units in circulation. We are truly indebted to this remarkable and lovely man.”

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