Win a Fusion-powered laptop

Top prize: The AMD VISION-branded Pavilion dv7 powered by Fusion APU technology. Phew!Here at Muvizu HQ, we've been playing with a laptop powered by AMD's Fusion APU technology. It'd have been rude not to, really, given that AMD lent it to us. Now AMD is giving one away as top prize in a Muvizu competition.

What is an APU? It's an accelerated processing unit, giving high graphics power but with low energy consumption - hence you can stick one in a laptop and it won't go all Dali on your thighs or knock out the power grid in your neighbourhood.

For all the official and technical information about AMD Fusion APUs - which reside in the VISION range of machines, thanks to the diktats of "consumer branding" - you should visit AMD's dedicated pages.

But unofficially, we can confidently say that the technology rocks. It runs Muvizu beautifully and, as a gaming machine, it is equally impressive.

The VISION machine that AMD is providing as top prize in our competition is an HP Pavilion dv7-6165us. Full specs are here.

Without further ado, then, we invite you to make a Muvizu clip of between 10 and 30 seconds long, on any subject you choose, to enter this competition. Oh, we should mention that second prize is a copy of Sony Vegas Pro 10 video-editing software and third prize is a Wacom Inkling paper-to-vector gizmo.  

The closing date for this competition is midnight GMT on November 27, 2011.

What you have to do:

Create a Muvizu video of 10- to 30-second length
Append to the title "- AMD Fusion", so your video title might read, "Moon Shot - AMD Fusion"
State in the description "This is an entry for Muvizu's AMD Fusion competition"
Publish it on the Muvizu site (If you are under 13, get your gatekeeper to publish it)
Sit back and cross your fingers - or get busy and create another entry

AMD VISION is the "consumer branding" of machines powered by Fusion APUs. Thank you the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.If you win or are a runner-up, we'll let you know via Muvizu's internal messaging system. You should respond to the message giving your full name and address - this is where we find out that you lied when you registered, totally ignoring our terms - and we'll send it to you.

If you are under 13 and you win a prize, all this will be handled by your gatekeeper who will give us their name and an appropriate delivery address. Let's hope that they're honest and don't keep the prize for themselves.

You should know that:

• Entrants must be registered Muvizu users
• Videos submitted must be your original, unpublished work
• You may not use any copyrighted material - including audio, video, imagery, logos, text, dialogue and anything I've missed - without the written permission of the copyright holder. Really, it'd be easier just to avoid it and make your own stuff
• You may enter as many times as you fancy and each submission will be treated as a separate entry
• All animation must be created using Muvizu, but, naturally, you may import images, audio, video and other files created with other software into your Muvizu project; again, the earlier copyright caveat applies. You may also use post-processing/editing software
• All entries are subject to the Muvizu terms of use, which we know you've all read thoroughly and with passionate interest

We intend to announce the winner during the week ending December 8, 2011. Judging will be an interesting affair: it'll be natural for us to consider the amount of views and comments that clips attract - so for goodness sake for once in your lives provide full descriptions and proper tags to improve the chances of being viewed. Also, arguments will rage in Muvizu HQ, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see fisticuffs. Finally, we may bring in an expert to calm things down.

However, note that whatever the final process, the judges’ decision is final, and no cash or alternative prizes are available.

We reserve the right to exclude any entry for any reason at all and without giving you that reason. However, unless your entry has been really offensive we probably would give you a reason and urge you to make any necessary changes to render your entry eligible. We're not monsters, after all.

Employees of Digimania (yes, that's the company behind Muvizu) and their dependants, and employees and dependants of its commercial partners, may not enter. Sorry about that, suckers.

If you have any questions, email