Magewell Reseller & PC Video System Consultants

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

New - the Magewell USB Capture Plus

driverless capture with pass-thru & analogue audio i/o

vMix live video production software

multi-camera switching with record/replay/graphics, etc

Magewell Pro Capture PCIe cards

including 4K capture via HDMI 2.0 at up to 2160p60

BirdDog Studio NDI encoder

Standalone hardware NDI encoder with SDI & HDMI I/O

See Adobe Premiere Pro 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

Magewell capture cards & USB3 boxes

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

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:-

  • Magewell video input devices
  • (for analogue/digital SD/HD sources)
  • Webstreaming and switching s/w
  • (vMix & VidBlaster)
  • 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!


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News and Features

 

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Additional Reading...

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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

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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