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 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)
  • NDI software & BirdDog encoders
  • PC repairs & upgrades
  • 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

April closures - due to Martin attending NAB this year

As a result, the ZEN office in Salford will be closed from Wednesday 4th
and open again on Monday 16th April.
During this period, email response may be slower than normal, not least due to the 8hr time difference.
Orders can be placed but goods will be shipped after 16th, apart from those items available via

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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