Cable Coiling

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Audio/Video Production
Cable Coiling
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Cable Coiling
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A basic job skill in the audio and video
production industry is being able to
properly coil, deploy, and store power
of microphone and video cables
according to industry standards.
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Cable Coiling
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How do we benefit when we properly
coil, deploy, and store our cables?
• We Save Time!
• We Save Money!
• We look like Professionals!
• It will help you get a job!
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Common Cable Types
Power extension cords
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Common Cable Types
Microphone cables
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Common Cable Types
Video coax cables
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Cable Coiling
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Your cables will treat you as well as
you treat them. So, treat them well!
Not so good…
Much better…
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How to coil a cable:
Through Hand
NO!
Around Elbow
Through Hand
NO!
Around Elbow
Through Hand
NO!
Around Elbow
Through Hand
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How to coil a cable:
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It is very common for people to coil
their cables improperly! Most people
do not know the problems these
incorrect methods create over the life
of their cables.
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The “Around Elbow, Through Hand”
coiling process creates unwanted
twists in the cable causing
unnecessary tangles and knots.
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The “Figure 8” Method:
• When dealing with large, thick or long cables,
the “Figure 8” method will often be the
method of choice.
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The “Figure 8” Method:
• Coiling a cable using the “Figure 8” method.
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The “Figure 8” Method:
• Let’s practice the “Figure 8” method
1. Practice on making it work!
2. Practice on making it beautiful!
3. Practice on coiling it quickly!
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The “Figure 8” Method:
• Let’s practice the “Figure 8” method
1. Practice on making it work!
A. Walk out the cable
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The “Figure 8” Method:
• Let’s practice the “Figure 8” method
1. Practice on making it work!
B. Coil it properly
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The “Figure 8” Method:
• Let’s practice the “Figure 8” method
1. Practice on making it work!
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
Everyone do this six times with each cable
type…
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The “Over/Under” Method:
1. Over
2. Under
1. Over
2. Under
1. Over
2. Under
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The “Over/Under” Method:
• Let’s practice the “Over/Under” method
1. Practice on making it work!
2. Practice on making it beautiful!
3. Practice on coiling it quickly!
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The “Over/Under” Method:
• Let’s practice the “Over/Under” method
1. Practice on making it work!
A. Walk out the cable
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The “Over/Under” Method:
• Let’s practice the “Over/Under” method
1. Practice on making it work!
B. Coil it properly
1. Over
2. Under
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The “Over/Under” Method:
• Let’s practice the “Over/Under” method
1. Practice on making it work!
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
Everyone do this a dozen times with each
cable type…
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The “Over/Under” Method:
• The “Over/Under” method can also be done
with long and heavy cables on the ground.
1. Over
2. Under
1. Over
2. Under
1. Over
And, so on…
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Cable Storage
• Organize your cables by type and length
• Cables should be stacked neatly on a shelf or
on a pegboard when not in use.
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