Thanks for the input. I have some research to do in order to come up to speed on the terms. At this stage, I'm really not sure of the distinction between, for example, what the MBPS (24, 17, 12) term and setting is vs the F (24, 30, 60i) really is. I have a general idea, but I don't yet really get it.
On the still side, I'm an avid photographer. D300. 400mm 2.8 lens. Fully understand the relationship if ISO, Shutter and Aperture. Use manual Kelvin White Balance settings, etc.
But until I understand exactly what the variables on this digital camera are about, I'm experimenting a bit blindly.
As an aside, I have the MacPro and 30" HD Monitor, so thus far, that's what I've been viewing on. I'm assuming it is giving me a very good representation of my results. I haven't viewed the footage yet, but last night I ended up using the Auto (P) setting, along with the XP+ 12MBPS setting.
Given my comments above, is there a simple tutorial or resource somewhere that gives me a lesson in the various settings and their role re: the HD camcorder context?