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Alan Rencher
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a kit to start making BNC cables for HD-SDI? There seem to be a lot of choices at varying price points.

 

I'm not really looking to save money on cables; I just want more control over my cable length at my leisure. I know there are a lot of you out there with cable OCD!

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Neutrik do a nice little kit which contains a connector with jacket, a couple of those, some decent quality cable, a good hexagonal crimper and you are good to go.

 

You can get lower profile connectors as well commonly used for thin HDSDI cables.

A good crimper with interchangeable tools will do both.

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Hi Stephen

 

At Engineered Cinema Solutions, we use Canare L-1.5C2VS cable and BCP-C1 Plugs, which are solder core and crimp collar for "spaghetti" type BNC. Outer diameter is approximately 2.9mm and I believe this is the thinnest cable Canare makes. Belden makes a slightly thinner cable at 2.5mm but I have found the Canare to be the best balance between flexibility, thinness, and durability. It's more economical than going with a custom cable maker too.

 

You will need a Canare TC-1 Crimp tool and the TCD-1DB die set for the crimp tool to crimp the collar, as well as a basic soldering station with a fine tip, and a bit of liquid flux. It starts to add up once you factor in all the tools required, but if you're making a lot of cables it's worth it.

 

I order my Canare supplies from HAVE Inc in Hudson, NY. They are fantastic there and always well stocked.

 

Hope this helps.

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Hi Stephen

 

At Engineered Cinema Solutions, we use Canare L-1.5C2VS cable and BCP-C1 Plugs, which are solder core and crimp collar for "spaghetti" type BNC. Outer diameter is approximately 2.9mm and I believe this is the thinnest cable Canare makes. Belden makes a slightly thinner cable at 2.5mm but I have found the Canare to be the best balance between flexibility, thinness, and durability. It's more economical than going with a custom cable maker too.

 

You will need a Canare TC-1 Crimp tool and the TCD-1DB die set for the crimp tool to crimp the collar, as well as a basic soldering station with a fine tip, and a bit of liquid flux. It starts to add up once you factor in all the tools required, but if you're making a lot of cables it's worth it.

 

I order my Canare supplies from HAVE Inc in Hudson, NY. They are fantastic there and always well stocked.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Johnathan:

Most invaluable information! Many thanks, that's a huge help. Just the specs I was looking for.

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