I would stick to using reg

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Avatarsketcht
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I would stick to using regular composite video with BNC connectors. The cost of S-video cable in comaprison to regular composite is quite more, and the quality isn’t that different. Judging by the distance of the signal path you mentioned, you will be running a fairly lengthy cable run. The quality of cable you use determines the length you can go with out amplifing the signal. I wouldn’t go more than 100′ without the use of a distibution amplifer (D.A.). After the D.A. I’ve gone over 200′ without signal loss/noise.

Here’s what I would do. Take the video signal out of the camera and send it directly to the preview monitor your camera operator will use.
Providing that the monitor is a decent one you should be able to continue the video signal path out of it. Go from the output of the monitor to the back of the room. This is where you want to use the D.A. This way there is only one cable on the ground you need to tape down. Not five. Now send the video from the outputs of the D.A. to the other locations following the walls.

Most pro gear has BNC connectors, less pro gear would be using RCA connectors. BNC being the better of the two due to the fact that it locks the cable to the device, making less chance of the cable being yanked out like what could happen with Mini-Din (S-video) or RCA.If you need to you can use an adapter to convert BNC to anything. They are fairly cheap. You can find them at any electronics store. Hope this helps.

Cheers.

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