HDMI Cables for Cameras: Everything You Need to Know

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“I decided to split this topic into two videos because by the time i got got to the in camera settings section of this video. I realized that i already a ton of useful information about hdmi cables that i wish was included so rather than make a 30 minute video about hdmi. We re gonna split it into two parts and today s video is gonna be all about hdmi connectors and cables let s get undone. What is happening everybody i m jailed undone and today.

We re talking about hdmi now. There is a ton of stuff. We could cover when it comes to hdmi a lot of which pertains to the consumption of content with home theater and general entertainment realms. But instead we re going to focus on the content creation side of hdmi.

Which basically means plugging your camera into things and this can be anything from an external monitor recorder or a capture card or using it to stream like i said in the intro. I m gonna be making a follow up and companion video to this one in the next couple days. The details some of the in camera settings and common issues. Found there so make sure you keep your eye out for that and once that video is up.

I ll probably put links to it in the description and the comments below on this video in case you re viewing. This one after the fact but for today. The topics. I want to cover are the different hdmi versions the hdmi cable types.

Avoiding marketing nonsense. The importance of data rates. The hdmi connectors and also give you a couple products that i personally recommend as well as giving you a bit of a buyer s guide towards hdmi cables and accessories so let s start off with some basic information on hdmi and the versions of it so hdmi stands for high definition multimedia interface. And is basically designed to transmit uncompressed video and potentially audio to compliant devices for creators this basically means that you can transmit digitally and unadulterated to external hardware to perform compression and conversion on a more capable device.

But as the specs of those devices have changed and improved over the years so have the versions of hdmi that are available every few. Years we see a full number version emerge like hdmi. 14 in. 2009 and hdmi 20.

In 2013. And then there s. Smaller letter revisions that take place in between those like. 20 a in 2015 and.

20. B in 2016 up to the latest. Version which is version 21. Which came out late 2017 now each of the major version numbers that come out generally bring with it new things.

But the key component is the increasing bandwidth that comes out version after version. Which allows more data to be trained made it quicker. The smaller. Letter revisions like a and b.

Generally keep the parent versions bandwidth. But they just add more minor features and support for things like hdr and as the bandwidth and feature support improves. So do the signals that we can transmit from our camera. If you want to see a chart showing the compatibility.

There s this great one on the wikipedia. Page. Which i have up here for hdmi. It s about halfway down the page and it looks like this so for.

Example when hdmi 12. Came out it didn t support 4k at the best. It could transmit was 1080p with a maximum of 60 frames per second. But when the bandwidth was increased from 4 gigabits per second to 8 gigabits.

Per second which is what you d find on hdmi. 13 and hdmi 14. You can now transmit 1080p up to 144 frames per second and 4k up to 30 frames per. Second but if you want.

4k 60 you ll need to get hdmi. 20 now hdmi 14. Does support 4k 60 as it says here. But only with for 200 chroma subsampling.

So if you want true rgb or even for 2 you ll have to get hdmi..


20 that being said though hdmi 20. Has been around since about 2013. So if you bought your camera after that it s likely to have it. But it s even more unlikely that you would have a camera capable of.

Shooting. 4k. 60 that doesn t have hdmi. 20 because 4k 60 is a lot newer and less common than hdmi.

20 is so let s say your camera has hdmi 20. And the device you re transmitting to has it as well what about the cable. You need a matching cable right and this is where a lot of the nonsense starts to emerge and i imagine that most of this was motivated by sales strategies obviously trying to sell cables when new hdmi versions come out. But because of that it can be kind of difficult to sift through all the marketing bs so allow me to cut through most of it for you there are no versions.

Of. Hdmi cables and. By that i mean version. 14 version 20.

Etc. And there also aren t frame. Rates and resolution type cables. So there s no 4k 60p cable.

Which you see that advertised often that s all just marketing nonsense. These hdmi cables are basically just pipes. They don t carry with them the complicated specifications of the devices. They re connected to so.

Here s what you actually need to know about hdmi cables. They only have very generalized speed ratings just like if we go back to our pipe metaphor. They basically just detail how much data can flow through the pipe at once. So the standard speed.

And there s high speed and you can actually see this written down the cable. This one here it says high speed hdmi cable with ethernet both speeds standard and hi might have with ethernet written at the end of it and all this means. That there s a slightly different wiring to support ethan. It.

But all that s important for your camera. Is the speed part generally speaking the standard speed cables our dinosaurs and should be avoided because they were originally rated only for 720p and to be honest. I haven t really seen them for sale much anymore. These days so you should be fine.

But high speed is what you want now it does get a little bit tricky. Here. Because not all high speed cables will perform the same and there are a few factors that lead to this age being one of them because as we said. The specs have improved dramatically over the years so an older high speed cable may not have been tested to reach.

Today s standards quality also plays a role because low quality cables may not be capable of carrying the highest settings of a camera due to poor transmittance. If we go back to our pipe metaphor. It d be like buying a leaking or corroded pipe. Just ain t flowing that well through it because of low quality.

And then lastly and probably the most common the length the longer the cable. The more loss you ll experience that this loss doesn t really present as just a working cable or a dead cable. You should throw out but instead it kind of lowers. The tears of camera settings that will be available.

So for example. I have two cables here. I have a six foot cable. And i have a 25 foot cable.

And they re both made by the same manufacturer at the same time and they re both of high quality. Now if i connect both of these to the sony a7. Three which is capable of 4k 30p at its highest setting both of the cables will work and they work fine. And i haven t had any issues.

But if i connect into the g h5..


Which is capable of 4k at 60 p. And at 10 min. The six foot cable will keep working. But the 25 foot cable won t.

But then if we dial the gh 5 down to only 30 frames per second down from 60 frames per second. The 25 foot cable. Starts working in because again it all comes back to data. Rates and the longer cable.

Just isn t capable of transmitting sufficient data quickly enough to keep up with the 4k 60. You re gonna get different results with different cable makers. But for the most part anything over 15 feet is when you ll start to experience problems now. If you want to maintain long cable lengths and high resolution and high frame rates you re going to need to get a cable with the repeater on it or get a repeater separately.

Which basically just boosts your signal. But expect to pay a lot more for that now to help combat the doubts that one might have when purchasing a cable. The was a new speed designation that came out in 2015 to go along with hdmi 20. And this is called premium high speed hdmi cable and this basically just guarantees that the cable has the bandwidth required to support all the resolutions and features cover it under hdmi 20.

But there s two caveats to that one that still doesn t make the. Cable an hdmi 20. Cable. It s a premium high speed hdmi cable.

So despite whatever nonsense. The manufacturers might put on the box. The cable itself should read premium high speed hdmi cable and secondly. It also doesn t mean that you need a premium high speed cable to support hdmi 20.

Personally i ve still never bought one. And i don t see a lot of them around when i shop if you don t need long lengths. You can very likely get everything you need from a modern decent quality regular high speed hdmi cable. And i ll give you a couple suggestions of which one to get in a second the last thing i want to say about hdmi version speeds and.

Cables so there s also another newer designation to go along with hdmi 21. And this one s called ultra high speed hdmi cable and just like the premium high speed cable for hdmi 20. This is a certification to guarantee that the cable is capable of the bandwidth. Required but in this case for hdmi.

21 the ultra high speed hdmi cable hdmi 21. By the way really took it up a notch from the 18 gigabits per second on the hdmi. 20 up to 48 gigabits per second on hdmi 21. Which is where the cable gets its other name.

Which is the 48 g. Cable. As in 48 gigabits per second. And it s also called a category.

3 hdmi cable. Personally i wish all of hdmi. I would use this name in convention rather than using version numbers and broad terms like high. Speed we would just talk about its bandwidth so instead of hdmi 14.

We would call it hdmi 10g for the 10 point. 2 gigabits per. Second i m with hdmi. 20 would be 18.

G. 48. G. 4.

Hdmi 21. That would be a lot. Easier you know if you were using an hdmi 18 g. Connection.

You would need an 18 g..


Cable. And it would be written right on the cable. Because that would guarantee the bandwidth and would be tested and certified and would say rate on the cable. I think that would be the best way to do and be a lot less confusing.

But enough of my idealistic rants. I told you that i would tell you what cable. I think you should buy and the answer is amazon basics if you look at their standard 6 foot hdmi cable. Which is only 7 us or 750 canadian.

It says right in the description supports bandwidth up to 18 gigabits per second. Which is exactly. But i m just talking about a minute. Ago which means we re good for all that hdmi 20 has to offer now it might not support all the features of hdmi 21.

But those are quite a bit beyond. What consumer level cameras are capable of anyway. If we go back to the chart of the hdmi breakdown from. Earlier we can see that hdmi 21.

Is capable of 4k. At 120 frames. Per second at 4 4. For subsampling or 8k at 30 frames per second.

I don t imagine your camera can do that and if it can you re probably not looking for hdmi solutions at the moment. But back to the amazon basics cables don t let the price scare you off. I said you needed a quality cable. I didn t say expensive because expensive cables have been one of the biggest ripoffs ever perpetrated by big box electronics stores.

I ve been using them almost exclusively now for quite a while and they re really great. And this actually kind of sounds like an ad for amazon basics. Cables. Trust.

Me. This is not an ad amazon does not need me to sell their cables for them. And it can t we re talking about a seven dollar product here. But they re just they re just really really great cables.

They re strong reliable. The last long time gold plated contacts actually while we re on the topic of the gold plated thing. There s some mixed opinions on this basically the gold plating is generally used for corrosion resistance. And this probably isn t that important if you re in a climate controlled indoor space.

But my personal opinion is that the gold plated connectors that i ve used tend to fit a bit more securely than the nickel plated ones and because we re talking about a seven dollar cable and because the amazonbasics. I don t believe has a cheaper nickel plated option for seven bucks you might as well go gold. I feel like it makes a better connection. Now i can only vouch for these cables and the conditions that i ve tested them under.

But i can say that they re good for up to 4k 60 frames per second at 10 bit four to two and what s interesting about them is they re not premium high. Speed even though i ve had no issues hitting the hdmi 20. Standard. If you look on the side of these ones they re just regular just high speed hdmi cable.

Which goes to support what i said earlier. Which is that not too long not too old decent quality regular high speed hdmi. Cable is all you need if however you have something against amazon basics and you want a different brand recommendation. I ve had a lot of success as well with a brand called you green.

Which comes in around the same price. Maybe just a little bit more i ll put some links in the description to some different cable combinations that might be helpful to you and you can also get these cables and other connector types like micro and mini. Which i suppose is a perfect time to talk about the hdmi connectors. The three common connectors you ll encounter when it comes to hdmi you ve got your standard.

One. Which is also known as a type a then you ve got your micro or type. D. Then you get a slightly less common.

One called mini or type c..


The micro is the smallest and the mini just kind of looks like a shrunken down type a if it was up to me when it comes to cameras. They d all be type a i vastly prefer a more robust connector and the type a just gives me a lot more confidence than the others. Now you don t have a lot of choice in this because you basically just have to go with whatever your camera requires. But if there s any camera manufacturers listening stop putting micro hdmi ports into reasonably large cameras take the sony a7.

Three for example. You could have easily fit a type a connector in there like the one that s on the g h5. And it would have made it significantly better when it comes to plugging in cables. But to you shooters who are working with one of the smaller connectors.

I do have some advice for you go with a straight compact and preferably unadapted cable. I ve used all kinds and these are the ones that i keep coming back to also there s two things that i would seriously avoid the first is one of these and when i first got this i thought it was the perfect solution. I even recommended it on a previous video because of the right angle design put in the camera like this and then the cable comes down you get this right angle. But i ve since changed my mind on that for a few reasons firstly.

It s completely unpredictable these days. Which direction. The camera manufacturer is going to face the port inside the camera. So you may get this thing than the right angles gonna go down.

But then you actually connect it the cable faces up and then even if the port is the right way like in the case of the sony it plugs in like this and then the cable that comes below is blocking your other ports like the usb ports and stuff like that plus any benefit that you would get to the right angle design is completely undermined by the fact that the extra bulk and size of this adapter. Plus. When you put a full size hdmi connector into it to adapt you ve now got this whole extra bulky chunky thing on it that s putting stress on the port versus say just this micro hdmi cable. Which was the end result the other thing that i would avoid when it comes to adapting cables is big and bulky cables that are you know thicker have a lot of weight.

I ve had this on my gh. 5. With a monitor. And it actually unscrewed them all from the ball head just from its desire to kind of like uncurl itself.

This i. Suppose is why coiled connections are popular when it comes to attaching external monitors. Because they solve a lot of those afra mentioned problems their direct connection. So there s no adapting.

They don t add any extra weight. They don t it doesn t really matter which way the port is facing and they don t block any other ports. But they re generally quite a bit more expensive and you don t really get a large extensive database of reviews to know which one to get because they re not very popular because they re pretty much useless outside of rigging up a monitor and i m not too keen on paying three to four times. More for a less useful item.

Unless it really solved the problem like no other. But it doesn t and again i want to direct you back to the amazon basics cables. I was recommending they re lean and compact and don t seem to mind being coiled up. They don t really give that spring back thing.

I was talking about where they re gonna like push your monitor out of the way. Which means you can usually use like a velcro cable tie to just kind of secure the cable. However you want. But then undo it and use the cable full run.

If you want to as well more options less money. However if you still prefer to adapt. I recommend that you go with an extension adapter like this one from you green. Which allows you to remove the bulk away from the camera by a few inches.

So that if you were doing any kind of heavy stuff down here. It s not going to be blocking the ports up here. And you can also tie it down or up and secure it and stop the weight from negatively impacting the port and that s pretty much it for hdmi versions and cables in the next video. We re going to be talking about a whole set of new issues that arise.

When you actually connect your camera to things due to some inexplicable design and software choices from the camera makers. But until then i hope you found this video. Helpful or at least entertaining. And if you did make sure you leave it the old thumbs up and consider subscribing.

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