Winners Of AMD-Sponsored ‘64 Second Film Contest’ Demonstrate ‘Waitlessness’ Is Possible
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor-Based Digital Video/Audio “Dream System” and Other Prizes Awarded to Winners
SUNNYVALE, Calif. --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the three winners in “The 64 Second Film Contest,” a test of creativity and digital media development skill sponsored by AMD. The contest challenged contestants to express the concept of “Waitlessness” in a 64-second short film to help showcase how AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processors “shatter the hourglass,” by taking content creation and multimedia performance to a new level. Today’s digital content creators are using AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors to create more, while spending less time waiting for their computers to render videos and perform other multimedia tasks.
“We were thoroughly impressed by the creativity and talent of the contestants’ submissions in The 64 Second Film Contest,” said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop Division, AMD. “The spectrum of entries and the ingenuity they displayed raised the bar for what is possible with today’s multi-core technology.”
The grand prize went to John Robson of Canoga Park, CA for his film, “At a Glance,” captures the feeling of “Waitlessness” with love at first sight. He will receive a grand prize package that includes an editing studio with furniture and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor-based digital video/audio “Dream System” provided by Voodoo PC, with peripherals. Also included in the system is Nero 7 Ultra Edition, a powerful software suite, offering both the PC and TV media management experience for a complete digital media solution, as well as a Sony®
software package including Vegas®
, Sound Forge 8 and Acid Pro 5. As part of the package, Robson will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to California, where he will receive a private tour of the DreamWorks Animation studios which includes meeting an animation artist, a special pre-screening (sneak preview) of an upcoming movie, a private screening of his contest submission, and a signed sketch of a DreamWorks character.
Alexander Oyler of Phoenix, AZ was awarded first place for his film, titled “Volo di Icarus,” which depicts abstract perceptions of time. He will also receive an editing studio with furniture, as well as an AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor-based Dream System provided by Velocity Micro.
A third Dream System, provided by ABS Computer Technologies, Inc., was awarded to the second place winner, Steven Bastyr of Los Angeles, CA whose short film “Change” demonstrates the power and ability to break free with dual-core technology.
“Traditionally, processor technology has been measured in megahertz ratings and then application performance,” said Charlie Boswell, director of Digital Media and Entertainment. “In addition to significant performance benefits and greater creative freedom, AMD64 technology now represents a shift in the creative marketplace in which the technology is now more accurately measured by what creative individuals like 64 Second Film Contest winner John Robson do with it.”
A pool of 28 finalists was selected by popular vote online at http://www.amd.com/64seconds
. The winners were then chosen from the finalists by a panel of judges including Daniel Gregoire, CEO and president of Halon Entertainment, a company specializing in digital effects for major films including “Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith” and “War of the Worlds”; Dave Chaimson, vice president of marketing for Sony Media Software; Dave Hill, vice president of technology for Sony Media Software; and Douglas Spotted Eagle, a giant in the video and audio industries who has received numerous awards including a Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, and Peabody. Judging criteria included creativity, originality, technical excellence, and the best expression of the concept of “Waitlessness.”
“Each of the 28 finalists put on a dazzling display of creativity and originality,” said Gregoire. “Ultimately it came down to execution, and that’s where the talent and skills of our prize winners really shined through. It was a tough decision, and a lot of fun. Congratulations to all of our finalists on a really great effort.”
About the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor Family
AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors, designed for desktop PCs, can improve overall digital media performance over similar single-core processors by an average of 34 percent, with performance improvements over 80 percent on certain benchmarks. Now power-hungry digital media experts can usher in the next generation of digital media software with amazing, high-definition video rendering and editing, digital-content creation, imaging, and audio mixing.
In addition, AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors provide the same level of features customers have grown to expect with the AMD Athlon™ 64 processor family.
- AMD64 technology runs today’s 32-bit and tomorrow’s 64-bit software.
- Advanced security with AMD’s Enhanced Virus Protection*.
Cool’n’Quiet™ technology to enable a quieter computer and help lower power costs.
- HyperTransport™ technology and an integrated DDR memory controller helps reduce I/O bottlenecks to increase overall performance.
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*Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) is only enabled by certain operating systems, including the current versions of Microsoft® Windows®, Linux, Solaris and BSD Unix. After properly installing the appropriate operating system release, users must enable the protection of their applications and associated files from buffer overrun attacks. Consult your OS documentation for information on enabling EVP. Contact your application software vendor for information regarding use of the application in conjunction with EVP. AMD strongly recommends that users continue to use third party anti-virus software as part of their security strategy.
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