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Sample Windows PC System Spec

A suggested system spec for running NLE, graphics or streaming applications might comprise:-

Intel i7 4790/6700 3.4GHz Quad core CPU (with Hyper-threading = 8 core) on Intel Z97/170 PCI-Express chipset motherboard,  600W EPS PSU, 16GB system RAM, 1TB + 2TB hard drives (for system & video - both 7200rpm SATA), DVD+/-R/RW, 2GB Nvidia GTX660/760/960 quad output PCI-Express graphics card - running Windows 7 Pro 64bit .

HardDisk Options Available     Monitors Options Available

This system would be suitable for use with:-

  • Blackmagic Decklink SDI I/O cards, Magewell capture cards
  • Any software-only NLE (eg Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Avid Liquid Edition, etc)
  • Software switching and/or web-streaming with VidBlaster or vMix

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

Magewell have cancelled their travel plans to ISE and we will be helping to man their booth - number G475 in Hall 8.

As a result, the ZEN office in Salford will be closed from 1pm Monday 11th and
open again on Monday 17th February. During this period, email response may be
slower than normal, and no outbound shipments will be made.

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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