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Web Links

Sites that you may find interesting, amusing or useful

www.adamwilt.com Adam Wilt's Video Tidbits - tips & tricks
www.asus.com ASUStek motherboard manufacturer - info & support
www.avd-prompt.com AVD Tele-Prompting hardware and software
www.avguk.com AVG Anti Virus - what we use here, and highly recommended
www.avid.com/onlineSupport Avid  Knowledge Base
www.buzzcomedy.co.uk Need a comedy event organising? Contact Agraman
www.canopus.com Canopus NLE homepage
www.captainsafetysite.com Captain SAFETY's useful (and amusing) site
www.darkwooddesigns.co.uk Darkwood Designs - creator of software audio meters including BBC-style PPMs (for Windows)
forums.dvdoctor.net Digital Video Forums (of Computer Video Magazine)
www.dvuser.co.uk UK-based online magazine/forum for digital video production
www.elfworks.com Some great 3D work using Lightwave by Erik Flom
www.execsoft.com DiskKeeper de-fragmentation software for NT/2000/XP
fujinon_dt_0903.pdf A chart explaining Fujinon lens model-number codes
www.imagineproducts.com Home of the Executive Producer logging software
www.execulink.com/~impact Doug Hembruff's Impact Televideo Productions
www.kolumbus.fi/erkki Eki Halkka's site with info on treating interlaced video images
www.ligos.com Home of the Ligos Mpeg Encoder
www.lingscars.com Well written (& funny) so worth a look even if you're not buying a car!
www.magewell.com Info & support for Magewell capture cards and USB3 boxes
www.mandy.com Mandy's International Film and TV Production Directory
www.matrox.com For the latest drivers and info on all Matrox products.
www.murphyandco.co.uk Accountancy services and useful related information
www.newtek.com Makers of LightWave & Video Toaster
www.pigsfly.com Host to many NLE mailing lists (user groups), inc Boris, FilmFX, etc
www.pinnaclesys.com Drivers and info on the Pinnacle edit cards, etc.
www.rainbow.com Sentinel (SafeNet) dongle tech support
www.rycote.com World-class Microphone Windshields (and really helpful people!)
www.sospubs.co.uk Sound On Sound magazine web site & info resource
www.sorenson.com Sorenson Media Homepage
www.vidblaster.com Mike Versteeg's VIDBlaster modular vision control software
www.videohelp.com Useful info on making Video CDs, DVDs, etc
www.vmixhd.com Home of the vMix software switcher
www.wacom.com Graphics tablets with pressure-sensitive cordless pens

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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