One thing I don't understand how to do and cant seem to find information on is how to "polish" footage? For example, watching the special features of some movies shows the "unpolished" footage which is kind of washed out. The footage that comes out of my camera doesn't look like this but it certainly doesn't look like "polished" and "clean" footage either. Is it just the camera that is shooting the footage or is there some post-production process that can add this polish. I hope my meaning is clear. Basically, I'm talking about the look between this
YouTube - Star Wars Fan Film - Essence of the Force
(Ignoring the CGI first half)
YouTube - The Jedi Defector
(I made this a year or so ago, not extremely proud of it (missing stuff, sound effects for example) but don't hate it either but as you can see it lacks a "polished" look.)
For me this polished vs. unpolished is kind of like being able to forget you are watching a movie to being constantly reminded that this is a movie respectively. Maybe it's just me.