How can I get My Homemade videos to have a hollywood look to them?

Question by Joel: How can I get My Homemade videos to have a hollywood look to them?
Me and my friends have been thinking about making short s kits like tons of people do on YouTube. I have a good sony “Handycam” “1080i video recorder”. But My real question is how can I get my videos to look good? You know how professional movies have such a different contrast to them. How do they get this? How can I get this?

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Answer by injanier
Part of the pros advantage is that they have much better hardware than you do, but there’s not much you can do about that. You can make the most of what you have by learning how to get the best images under whatever circumstances you’re shooting. Learn what you can do with the various camera controls. Pay close attention to lighting. You may not have studio lighting equipment, but you can take advantage of natural light. Train your eye to recognize good light.

Make all your moves smoothly. Nothing looks more amateurish than jerky, abrupt camera movements and zooms. Putting the camera on a tripod will make a big difference. If you really want to rock, rig up a wheeled camera support so you can do dolly shots.

Another big factor in professional video is postprocessing. They use editing software to adjust the contrast and color balance. Get some editing software and become expert with it. Besides picture adjustments, you’ll need it to put the video together.

First and foremost, though, learn how to use video to tell a story. Pick some videos you like and study the different kinds of shots they use. When do you use close-ups, wide shots, zooms, or pans? How long do you hold a shot before you cut to something else? What camera angles do you use? Figure out in advance both what the action is going to be and how you’re going to shoot it. If you have editing software, you can shoot things different ways and cut it together. If you’re putting the whole thing together in-camera, you need to be very sure of what you’re going to do. Don’t be afraid to shoot the same thing several times to get what you want. Getting it right is hard work, even for the pros.

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