>>BUT:  I really, really think that the program should be smart enough to use the same value as the input file, or at least use a realistic value with reasonable quality.  Bug report?

>What could be the subject of a bug report is "better/higher default values for the bitrate/quality"... but that would probably be a gstreamer bug instead of a pitivi one.

Filed as PiTiVi bug 644919.  https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=644919 .