ZEN are based in

+44 (0)161 505 1954
+44 (0)161 736 5300
Email address

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.

Magewell USB Capture Plus - HD & 4K

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

vMix live video production software

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

Magewell NDI encoders & decoders

POE & USB power, up to 4K (2160p60) HDMI & 6G SDI

Magewell Pro Capture PCIe cards

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

BirdDog Studio NDI encoder/decoder

Standalone hardware NDI encoder with SDI & HDMI I/O

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)
  • NDI software utilities
  • BirdDog NDI encoders
  • Studio & Edit Suite design
  • Video Production training
  • Sound Recording & Dubbing
  • Interview studio for hire (inc lights)
  • Production Support

In fact there's all sorts of 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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The new office at Quays Reach, Salford

Office Space (~1050sq ft)

- previously let to -
Shaune Harrison Make Up Artist Academy
(lease ended - available now)

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 development. 
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Note - all prices quoted on this site are UK pounds - ex VAT & delivery.

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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