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 editing systems. 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
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,
now the main focus of the business, although he still maintains an active
interest in video production.