Learning about video production and editing from ChatGPT and YouTube

I've been an active photographer most of my life, including a few years of doing it professionally (aerial , commercial, wedding, etc.). I recently sold my Nikon F-mount bodies and lenses and upgraded the the new Nikon Z-series mirrorless platform. I acquired the new Nikon Z8 and several amazing Nikon Z lenses. The Z8 is an amazing camera for still photography, but it's also stunningly good at video – supporting 8K/60fps, 4K/120fps, in both 8bit and 10bit (full specs). I knew the basics of video and could stumble through simple edits, but I had no idea how to take do color grading on log footage, how to export and publish HDR, etc.. As I started to dig in, I quickly learned that it is WAY more complicated than I thought! The more I learned, the further away I felt from being competent!

Picture of Nikon Z8 camera with lens
Screenshot of Final Cut Pro

I decided to dive deep and found many great YouTube channels that cover these topics (see below), but it was ChatGPT that helped me fill in the gaps of my knowledge. This is the first time I used an AI chatbot to learn anything significant.

Below is my full conversation with ChatGPT (v4) that spanned several days. I was surprised at how efficient this type of learning is. I would watch a couple of YouTube videos then go to ChatGPT to clarify whatever was confusing me. I thought y'all might like to see how it looks to have this type of exchange with an AI bot:

My conversation with ChatGPT about video file formats, HDR, publishing, etc.

I also went to Google Bard when I had a specific question about YouTube:

‎Does youtube support dolby vision?
Created with Bard.
My short conversation with Bard about YouTube and Dolby Vision

I even played around with Anthropic Claude (doesn't have a sharing feature, so including a screenshot below):

Short conversation with Anthropic Claude

Below are some great YouTube channels on video editing that I follow - mostly about Apple Final Cut Pro. I chose Final Cut Pro to take the maximum advantage of my Macbook Pro M2 and because it's HDR workflow is nice. Adobe Premier and DaVinci Resolve are fantastic options as well.

Tyler Stalman
Talking about the creative tools we use for our professional photo and video production.
Jenn Jager
Welcome to my YouTube channel, where I share my video production expertise through tutorials, product reviews, video marketing advice and more! I started my video production business more than a decade ago: http://www.plumproductionsmedia.com Check out my other channel where I have Final Cut Pro a…
Serge M
Everyone has a great story, and we want to help you tell it better through video. Tutorials on everything from filming, to editing, and even best practices for sharing your videos on different platforms. New videos uploaded every Monday morning
Tamara Gabriel
Camera gear reviews and comparisons to help you choose the best cameras and accessories for travel and vlogging. If you’re a company and you’d like to collaborate, please drop me an email.
Dylan Bates • The Final Cut Bro
Apple Motion & Final Cut Pro Tutorials!Does anybody actually read these descriptions? You get 10 *points if you do! *points have no actual value. Terms and conditions don’t really apply. Consider supporting me on Patreon!👉 https://www.patreon.com/TheFinalCutBro For Business Inquiries & Questio…

I still have a lot to learn, but I'm at least able to create something cool. For example:

Lastly, I'll point out that through this entire learning exercise, I never once looked at the docs for Final Cut Pro, which is telling. Obviously those docs were part of the training content for ChatGPT, Bard, Claude, etc., but I never felt the need to go to the source.