Quick Tip: Learn How To Keep Your Cables From Breaking When Extending Them

Jun 8, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Quick Tip: Learn How To Keep Your Cables From Breaking When Extending Them

Jun 8, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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You know it happens! Your cables are not long enough and you have to connect two of them together to complete those last few centimeters.

If you want to secure the cable you are probably making a small knot where the cables connect to keep the cable connected if someone tugs it. If done wrong, this knot is stressing the weakest part of the cable – the plastic and metal parts, and it can be the end of your cable (and your shoot). This tip shows you how to both secure the cable against accidental tugging and keep your cable intact for future use.

The secret make a simple knot under the connection and this knot does not involve the weak part of the cable.

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4 responses to “Quick Tip: Learn How To Keep Your Cables From Breaking When Extending Them”

  1. Fletch Avatar
    Fletch

    Extand?!?

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      haha. yea, we missed this one… sadly youtube will not allow you to switch the video

      1. Fletch Avatar
        Fletch

        Oh well! Better luck next time.
        And thank you of the tip.

  2. Dave Bode Avatar
    Dave Bode

    Actually, many cables such as USB, HDMI, DVI, VGA, FireWire, and any other small gauge shielded cables use a foil shield. Tying a knot in a cable with a foil shield will likely damage the shielding. The same goes for cables with solid wire like many types of coax cables and solid wire Cat5/6 cables (which is most of them). A better solution might be to connect the cables with a small loop and then zip tie the cables together. No knot. No damage. For further information, look up minimum bend radius. You can find min bend radius recommendations for specific cables.