I bought one of these Divx player/DVD recorders from SVP UK and so far I am impressed with it.
Setting up the player was very easy despite the fact that some parts of the manual (translated from Chinese) are a bit confusing. The SV-1001 has a wide range of inputs and outputs catering for just about any settup, including USB and finewire.
Recording to DVD+R or DVD+RW is very simple, Select whichever source input you need, set up one of the record lengths HQ 1hour, SP 2hour, EP 4hours, SLP 6hours, and press record (or set the timer for timed recording) so far I have used HQ and SP with very good results. Recordings can be chaptered into five minute chunks or chaptering can be turned off. There are some basic editing options, hide chapter, rename the recorded file, selects an image capture from the recorded file for the (very basic) disk menu, rename disk etc. Disks must be finalised from the disk menu for playing in other players, there is also a ‘make compatible’ option for DVD+RW.
Despite the fact that the manual states that macrovision will stop you from recording copyright material, I had no problems putting some protected VHS tapes onto DVD, so I tried a DVD original to DVD, that also recorded fine.
Divx playback on this the SV-1001 is as good as many players on the market, Qpel is not handled, and there are no Divx/Xvid subtitles, apart from that it played all the disks that I have tried.
All in all a pretty good recorder for the price.