Hi All! I've had my Panasonic for a day and have been trying lots of recording modes with a dvd-r. I find that XP and SP are great for most things, but even these modes seem to have problems with fast action (eg the early fight scene in Gangs of New York) where objects have extensive 'jpeg-like' artifacts around them but I suppose that this is normal for the technology(?) At the other end of the scale, I find that the 8hour (EP?) mode copes really well with day to day recording and is a nice replacement for LP on a vhs recorder. (It's a bit redundant with Sky+ though) My main reason for posting is that I was wondering if anybody can explain the vbr option in the functions menu please? I know what it means, in principle, but which setting should I use and why? Also, if I want to record a show that's 1.5 hours long, am I better off recording in sp or fr mode? I assume that fr mode is more efficient? One other question-I read that DVD-RAM produces better quality recordings in some instances...is this right!? Any advice on suitable recording 'strategies' would be very much appreciated. By the way, I expect to be recording pretty much eveything from my Sky+ hard disk. Not sure if this has any bearing on the recording modes... Thanks very much!