7. Benefits of Membership

Our range of membership benefits has steadily grown year on year, to a point where IOV membership truly represents value for money for anyone involved in professional video production. Whilst the list of benefits keeps growing, the current range includes:

VideoSkills Study Material
Anyone can benefit from full access to our study material on the VideoSkills website (www.videoskills.net) – but only members have access to take the online Part One theory exam. This online study resource defines the core competencies of videography, outlining all the knowledge you should know in order to operate a professional videography business. The study material is broken down into the craft skills of Camera, Lighting, Audio and Post Production – plus a section on Business & Legal which outlines all the legislation and IOV regulations relating to videography (covers both UK and Ireland).

Optional IOV Accreditation
Everyone joins the IOV as an ordinary member. For those wishing to use their membership to promote their business by taking advantage of the IOV brand, we provide a structured and incremental path to accreditation. Whether you are simply wishing to demonstrate your commitment to working to the IOV’s Code of Practice and standards of professionalism – or wishing to work towards Full Accreditation (IOV Assessment – Master Membership, Fellow Membership or Corporate Membership), the IOV is there to encourage you along this path.

Focus Magazine
Issued regularly, Focus keeps you updated with both IOV and Industry News – with details on new and anticipated product launches, technology reviews, industry profiles, used equipment listings, a trade directory and much, much more. Focus is also available by separate subscription.

Tax Relief on IOV Membership
The Institute of Videography is listed as an Approved Body under ‘List 3: Deduction for fees and subscriptions paid to professional bodies or learned societies’ on the HM Revenue & Customs website – www.hmrc.gov.uk/list3 (“Videography, Inst of”). The approval took effect from 6th April 2008. Ask your accountant how this can benefit you!

Technical, Creative & Business Forums
Our secure membership forums are divided into Technical, Creative and Business topics – with industry-specific forums for Wedding & Event, Corporate Video, Documentary and Short Film production. These are not ‘public’ forums, so those using and commenting tend to be seasoned and responsible professionals – posting under their real names!

Free Advice
Videographers often work in isolation, so having an impartial, friendly and well-connected support service is often worth the membership fee alone. Whether by telephone, email or local face-to-face meetings – you can always find the answers to your technical, creative or business questions.

Free Arbitration Service
From time to time disputes arise between videographers and clients. This is where the IOV’s Arbitration Service can be employed to achieve a fair and amicable settlement. The IOV offers this service free to its members and their clients. The Arbitration Service is also responsible for handling disciplinary matters involving IOV members.

Work Sharing between IOV Members
Members will often post requests for freelance camera operators, editors and other specialist service providers within the IOV forums. Members also have the benefit of being able to operate within the IOV’s standard agreements and terms of business.

Area Meetings
There are various local and regional events happening each month. These range from regular local meetings through to special regional events with training sessions and formal presentations. Members are kept abreast of local and regional activities through our local bulletin board – and through contact with their nearest IOV Area Representative.

Lobbying and Representation
The IOV exists to represent and support those involved in professional videography. This includes negotiating with authorities and governing bodies who can impact on the working practices of videographers. This work can be on a local, regional, national or international level – which recently included the IOV giving representation at the EU on duty imposed on the technology used in videography.

Preferential Insurance
The IOV’s Code of Practice includes an obligation for all members that are undertaking commercial activity in the video and multimedia field to carry adequate Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance. There are a number of specialist insurance providers who offer IOV members preferential rates and packages.

Free Standard Contracts
All IOV members benefit from a licence to use standard business contracts and forms. These include Corporate and Event Video contracts – plus the IOV’s Standard Terms & Conditions. You will also have access to production forms including Model and Location Release Forms, Risk Assessment Forms and Copyright Warnings.

IOV Anti-Piracy Holograms
The IOV helps its members protect their copyright through a simple but effective hologram system. The scheme consists of a tamper-proof holographic sticker which is attached to the packaging of the DVD or video. In addition, members are given a licence to freely use a ready-made VT sequence which they add to the beginning of their programmes (e.g. the first-play chapter of a DVD). Essentially, the VT sequence explains that if the packaging does not display the hologram, then it might not be an authentic copy.

Entry into the IOV Awards
The IOV holds creative awards each year covering the main production categories of videography. These awards are exclusive and free for IOV members, and have fast become Europe’s leading showcase of production excellence. All winners and short-listed entrants receive one of the IOV much-coveted trophies as well as benefiting from press materials and being featured on the IOV website for the year following the event.

Video of the Month Competition
The VOTM competition has been introduced to help celebrate and showcase the great work produced by our members on a monthly basis. As the UK’s largest trade association for professional videographers, our members push the boundaries of customer satisfaction with their video and film productions on a daily basis, the VOTM competition helps us and our members to promote this very work.

Benefits specific to Fully Accredited Members…

Find-a-Videographer Portal
All Fully Accredited members are listed on the Find-a-Videographer.com portal.

IOV Work Referrals
All public enquiries to the IOV office for those looking for a videographer are supplied with a list of Fully Accredited members

Focus Magazine Listing
All Fully Accredited members are published in Focus magazine every month.

IOV VT Sequences
Fully Accredited members have access to VT sequences for displaying their IOV qualification.

IOV Certificates
All Fully Accredited members are issued with an IOV certificate.

IOV Marketing Materials
Fully Accredited members have access to a whole range of IOV-branded marketing tools.

Promoting Professionalism in Video Production

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