How to make video cables

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  1. Rick DeNatale

    Rick DeNatale Auditioning

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    I'm just about to start pre-wiring our new house with both home theater and structured wiring.

    We are going to have a TV niche over the fireplace and put the A/V rack in a built-in cabinet on a perpendicular wall.

    I'm planning to run both s-video and composite from the A/V rack to the niche.

    Is there any reason why I can't assemble the composite cables myself? I'd like to avoid drilling holes any larger than I have to in order to get the connectors to pass through.

    It seems that the component video cables could be made up with RG-6. The only problem seems to be how to terminate them. A quick google search uncovered several adapters for converting an F connector to a male RCA. But I haven't found any direct RCA connectors for RG-6 coax.

    Would the adapters work? Or even better is there a source of RCA connectors for RG-6?
     
  2. Christian Dolan

    Christian Dolan Stunt Coordinator

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    Rick,

    When I briefly did installation, we used quad-shielded solid-core RG-6. It comes on spools, so you can terminate it however you like. We soldered our RCA ends, but some companies (like Canare) have crimp-on RCS connectors. You can use RG-6 for any kind of coaxial video connection, be it composite, y/c (with the appropriate splitters), or component. Hope this helps.

    -Christian
     
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  4. Rick DeNatale

    Rick DeNatale Auditioning

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    Christian and Kevin,

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    Pushing my luck. Is there a way to make your own s-video cables?
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

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    There was a paper that floated around here a year or so ago that discouraged people from making their own SVideo cables. The main argument was that it was very difficult to make the connections, maintain the twists & shielding at the end of the small SVideo connector. You can make up for skill with the proper tools for Composite/Component cables, but you really want someone skilled for your SVideo cable.

    You can save lots of money by going to the custom sites and order the pre-built SVideo cables.

    On the drilling holes exactly the size you need issue: well...nice thought. But professionals dont do this. They often install electrical box's and run all wires through this. This gives them room for more cables and a place to shove slack wire. But now they can run down and buy $0.50 blank outlet covers and cut openings for the wires and use this to create a slick looking installation.

    I would also strongly recommend you dont run composite. Run a HD-quality Component cable set. This allows you to future-proof the nitch for HD/Progressive signals. Just use one of the cables for Composite to start (They are the same wire after all).

    Good Luck.
     
  6. Quinn Granfor

    Quinn Granfor Auditioning

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    I currently build my video cables using Belden 8281 (the best I've found) and Canare crimp-type 75-ohm RCA connectors. The Canare connectors are about $2.50 a piece if I remember correctly and Belden 8281 is actually cheap when bought in 500' rolls. www.markertek.com is the place to go for both items. Quick service and decent prices.
     
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    S-video cables are a MAJOR pain to make -- definitely not worth it in my opinion.
     
  8. Brian Schucher

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    Quinn, isnt the 8281 an RG59 cable? If so, wouldnt running RG6 be the better choice??
     

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