I recorded the french GP on Sunday at 4.6 (SP). Play back was fine. Pausing would produce crisp clear image with artifacting on fast scenes where bill boards whizzing by in background. Duration after removing adds and Jim Rossenthal was 2 hrs 21 mins. So rate converted to bitrate 4.0 to fit onto DVD. Effect was fairly drastic! Image is still watchable (but seems a softer image) but pausing action is considerably worse where there are fast moviing objects. Image overall is a lot softer. Im guessing the fast sweeping shots are reducing the resolution of the images but im surpised that such a small change in bit rate makes such a big difference in clarity. Am I missing something obvious. Is there less rigid way of setting bitrates? I tried auto bitrate for DVD and it set it to 4.0. Is there a way to ensure that the Tosh uses higher bit rates where needed and less in the actionless shots.