Everyone at VI Rental is extremely proud to once again supply the kit for one of the most popular programs on the BBC. Now in its 7th series, The Great British Bake Off is going from strength to strength, heightening baking fever up and down the country.

The challenge of filming such a big production live requires the very best kit serviced to the highest standards. Among the specialist equipment we supplied to Love Productions they used a customised Tilta Rig with Arri bars, MCS Grips and Hawkwood adaptors to give the operators the stability and ease of use they require. A number of SONY PDW-F800 XDCAM EX cameras were required to shoot from lots of different angles.

Love Productions decision to use the Sony PDW-F800 on season 7 of Bake Off enabled the production team to have almost continuous recording due to the ease of changing XDCAM discs. This allows the material to be handled with great flexibility in an IT-based environment – easily available for copying, transferring, sharing and archiving.

The benefits the cameras offer in the way of picture quality, reliability, its ease of use through a user-friendly menu system and robust build has enabled the production to work under tight time constraints with the confidence the cameras will hold up to the daily demands.

The weight of the Sony PDW-F800 also allows the camera operators to move from a tripod mounted position to shoulder mount with slight of hand allowing the team to get that close up shot the viewers all want to see.


The Great British Bake Off won Best Popular Factual Programme at the 2015 Broadcast Awards with Love Productions taking the Best Independent Production Company Award. VI Rental would like to congratulate the team for all their hard work in making the show such a huge success!