How to Make a Freddie Wong Video

Freddie Wong is a video production and special effects guru, who has one of the most subscribed to channels on YouTube. Below is just one of his amazing videos, and a behind the scenes look at how it was put together.


Skydiving Out My Front Door by freddiew on YouTube

Behind the scenes

Skydiving out my Front Door – Behind the Scenes by freddiew2 on YouTube

What equipment does Freddie use?
from Freddie Wong’s FAQ

What camera do you use?
We use a variety of HD cameras – basically whatever we can borrow and whatever happens to be available. We’ve used, in the past, everything from the Sony EX1, the Panasonic HVX200, and the Canon 5D/7D/550D.

We have the Sony EX1 on sale, but if you’re looking for a cheaper HD camera, the Sony HXR-NX5P, JVC GY-HM100E and Sony HVR-V1P are all excellent choices.

What software do you use?
It depends on what we’re doing – for video editing, we use Final Cut Pro, and for effects, we use Adobe After Effects. But I’ve made videos with everything from iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Avid, and Final Cut Express.

We also have Adobe After Effects CS5 for Mac and Windows. You can download a copy of Windows Live Movie Maker here.

Where do you get your sounds? Where do you get your gun sounds?
Sounds are from a variety of sources. I have a fairly big library of things I’ve recorded myself as a result of needing certain sounds for different projects. I also use a few sound effects libraries. For gun sounds, I would recommend you look at video game sound effects replacement packs – things like replacement gun sounds for TF2 or Counter Strike – those are a good place to get some meaty gun sounds.

Where do you get your music?
Usually the music is composed by myself using a combination of software samplers and recorded guitar/bass in Logic Pro. Occasionally I’ll dig into a royalty-free sound library like the music samples from Soundtrack Pro or Pro Scores by Video Copilot.

You can purchase over 1000 professional sound effects here and here, but there are also a few good sites with free sound effects to get you started.

Other equipment you may need
Once you start to get more serious about video production, you’ll want some serious equipment! Below is a list of common studio equipment that you’ll want get your hands on