I deed, I feel overwhelmed reading the nearly 200 pages in the camcorder manual, the nearly 150 pages in the HD Writer AE 3.0 software manual, plus trying to get the house in order, pack, and so many other things. Tell me if I am wrong. All I write next is a guess on my part. The Pansonic HDC-TM90 has the highest record setting of 1080/60p but I must have HDMI, Blue Ray, HDMI components, and HDMI TV. I don't have any of these items as of now but perhaps down the road I will. The camcorder has settings called AVCHD - HA, HG, HX, and HE which, again I guess, don't need HDMI, etc. eqipment. If I set the video to AVCHD - HG that should give me a longer play time on a DVD. I guess, HA must be a higher bit rate requiring more space on a DVD thus a shorter play time. If I use AVCHD - HG perhaps I will get 2 hours on a DVD. This is all making me so nervous I am thinking about not taking the new camcorder but take my old DV tape camcorder!