PC Video Editing System Integrators & Consultants

ZEN has been involved with video production since the 1970s, and with computers since the days of the Amiga.

Magewell capture cards & USB3 boxes

driverless or with DirectShow drivers for FMLE, vMix, VidBlaster, etc

The Atomos Ninja & Samurai field recorders

10 bit ProRes 4:2:2 onto low-cost 2.5" hard drives from HDMI or SDI

Most PC edit systems can be repaired or upgraded

Workshop facilities available at our Salford Quays premises

See Adobe Premiere CS5 in action

Demos available of Premiere and After Effects

Decklink I/O cards from Blackmagic Design

Uncompressed SD/HD video and audio over SDI/HDSDI

Where we are, with MediaCity in the background

Our estate, Quays Reach, is on the right of the picture

Matrox MXO2 I/O for Premiere, FCP & Avid

Realtime SD/HD up to full uncompressed quality

Editor's Keyboards

For Avid, Adobe, etc. New & used

DPS PVR system with SDI I/O

An old but working PVR in 4U Rack case - see more in the Car Boot Sale

Astons - a byword for TV captions

Read about the history of Caption Generation for television

This is (some of) what we provide:-

  • Video input cards
  • (for analogue/digital SD/HD sources)
  • Webstreaming and switching s/w
  • Editing software & hardware
  • PC repairs & upgrades
  • Edit Suite video wiring/installation
  • Studio & Edit Suite design
  • Video Production training
  • Sound Recording & Dubbing
  • Interview studio for hire (inc lights)
  • Production Support

In fact it's hard to think of all the things that we could help you with - if you've got any video-related questions, just phone or email and we'll see what we can do for you!

 Elsewhere on this web site:-

News and Features


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Additional Reading...

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Part of the team at the IOV VideoSkills Roadshows

In the last 2 years Martin has been one of the trainers at the IOV Videoskills Roadshows, aimed at helping videographers improve their basic skills. Topics covered include lighting, sound, camerawork and editing, with a two-handed interview as the sample subject matter. This is the resulting video from the event at Gilwell Park, where our guest interviewee was Robbie Fleming from Atomos, who talked about the Ninja & Samurai portable 10bit ProRes recorders.
Shot on a Sony EX3 and edited in Premiere CS5. Lit with Kinoflo Diva 400 and Dedolights, and recorded through a 416 boom mic,  via a SQN4 mixer to the EX3.

  The last Videoskills Roadshow training day was in London in Sept 2011

  IOV Videoskills Roadshow - London in HD, from Martin Kay on Vimeo

Encoded 1280x720, so best viewed Full Screen on the Vimeo site, in HD

IOV Videoskills  Secrets of Better Encoding  training sessions in 2010 - see sample slides here

The new office at Quays Reach, Salford

Office Space (~1050sq ft)

- now let to -
Shaune Harrison Make Up Artist Academy

We have ~1050sq ft of leasehold (non-serviced) office space on the first floor of our building in the Salford Quays area of Manchester, just one Metrolink stop up the road from the BBC North / MediaCity / Pie Factory development. 
 More details...

Note - all prices quoted on this site are UK pounds - ex VAT & delivery. 2.5% surcharge on Credit & Company Debit Card payments

All prices are subject to change at short notice

Due to the UK's vote to leave the EU, and the subsequent effect on currency exchange rates, most prices have increased since the end of June. Exchange rates seem to stabilised now; however, no-one can really predict what will happen next...
- Martin, 5-Sep-16 -

What we're about . . .      ZEN is not a traditional Audio-Visual dealer who started selling computers, nor is it a computer shop that also sells video products. You won't get any salesmen giving you the "hard-sell" when you call, just straightforward advice and information - which for some callers is the knowledge that they don't need to buy whatever it is they thought they needed! Above all you'll be dealing with someone with a wide range of experience and knowledge of both PCs and video production. We're not the biggest, nor necessarily the cheapest, but we are one of the longest established computer/video specialists in the UK.

Company history . . .      ZEN was started in the 1980s by Martin Kay, then working for ITV at Granada's Manchester studios, who built his first 6502-based computer in 1979 from an Ohio Scientific kit, bought in the USA whilst working as a Sound Recordist on a film shoot for World In Action. With the advent of the Amiga, which could be gen-locked to a video source, Martin started writing a variety of video-related software. This included subtitling & tele-prompting, ident clocks, scoring software for sports & gameshows, and specialist software to mimic other computer displays for use in TV film dramas like Cracker, Prime Suspect and A Touch of Frost. Martin left Granada in 1993 to concentrate on his computer-video activities with ZEN, following a natural path into non-linear editing systems, for many years the main business activity, although he still maintains an active interest in video production.

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