As for higher bit rate exports, that's what we'd all like, but it isn't going to happen at this price level. A very bad thing about these great camcorders is that when you edit, it's virtually impossible to maintain the original recording quality. The authoring packages (Vegas, PD12) limit the bitrate and reduce the quality, and usually quite significantly. They're protecting their higher priced 3D authoring packages. The software included with the JVC gets around the image degradation problem by making an exact copy of the footage (except for the title overlay rendering). And since almost no rendering is involved, it's extremely fast. If you shoot carefully and can make do with mostly cuts-only editing, and no color or convergence correction, you can create great looking discs really fast.