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17. Machine design

This week we continued the machine building group work that started in the week 15. Our target was to automate our machine.

“VitaFab is an automated vitamin drink dispenser/maker. Every time you put a cup with water inside and press the button - it will make you a vitamin drink.”

Logo designed by Marjo

Individual work


The assignment required for “approximately 1 minute video to show your machine”.

First all of the material filmed during progress was gathered into overall viewing.

The video was edited in Sony Vegas 11 Academic.

First the videos are dragged into the media bin and from there to the timeline.

In time line the video can be cut,paste,split speedup or otherwise manipulated. The usable parts are then put in a line to make the video.

Rest of the material is dragged onto the time line and text effects were added to explain the video.

Added music

The selected music was Music by No Copyright Music- Happy and Joyful Children 2:10. The duration was too long for our video and was edited to shorter version to fit the video length.

The final video looks messy in the timeline.


The video was first rendered out as a RAW format and then compressed using FFmpeg using the recommended settings from the academy site.

Code for the FFmpeg:

ffmpeg -i Master_piece_of_all_time.MP4 -vcodec libx264 -crf 25 -preset medium -vf scale=-1:1080 -acodec libmp3lame -q:a 4 -ar 48000 -ac 2 VitaFabPremium.mp4

This gives as the final video.


The music was selected because of two reasons:

  1. It has a happy feeling into it and the music fit the video.
  2. Creative Commons 3.0 License gives the following rights:

·Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
·Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
·This license is acceptable for Free Cultural Works.
·The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

And therefore can be used in this kind of work.

Video Music Creative commonds: Happy and Joyful Children by Free Music Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Music promoted by Audio Library

Link to Video: Youtube, Fabacademy

Group work

Can be found in the group work page