Word of caution. Think long and hard about doing S-video. Without much cable building experience, these rascals are tough. As a novice, I once tried these, and quickly got frustrated. As a pro, they are one of my favorite cables to build. But that enjoyment came from much cable building experience before embarking on S-video again.
Nice collection of URLs guys. Chris White's web page also had DIY information. But he didn't mention it himself.
I just made my own sub cables with Canare RG6 and crimp connectors (Markertek) per Chris' hyperlink. It was a piece of cake and I never stripped coax cable in my life! I bought the three-way stripper, crimper and heat shrink tubing from home depot ($34). Didn't use any designer braided sleeve since it will be in the walls.
I just finished my first DIY 45' run of S-video. I ran 3 RG6 cables to the projector room and terminated them all with RCA connectors. Then I made a DIY S-video->RCA breakout cable for each end. Now I have S-video and an RCA running to the projector. If I get a projector with component inputs, I can disconnect the s-video breakouts and use the 3 RCA's without having to pull new cables.
btw... here's how I made my S-video breakouts:
I took an S-video cable and cut it in half. Stripped a few inches of the cover off and peeled back the shielding and foil. Inside were two coax cables. Stripped an inch or two off each one and soldered the outside wires to the outside of the RCA plug and soldered the inside to the inside of the RCA plug. End result is a cable with Svideo on one end and 2 RCA's on the other. Picture quality is much better than the skinny Svideo cable I had before. It was a lot cheaper and quicker than buying S-video breakouts online. Didn't have to mess with soldering inside the S-video connector either.
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