Pete Mella's writing portfolio

Stuff I've written. All my opinions are my own, not those of any current or former employers.

Join The Green Screen Scene

“‘Greenscreening’ is a something we get asked about a lot by students who use our Creative Media facilities. Known in the trade as ‘Chroma Key’, it is a visual effect that keys out a particular colour to create a mask, and is usually used to take one piece of video and superimpose it on to another.”

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February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

A-Z of Free Online Stuff – Go!Animate

“Go!Animate is a great tool for creating online animations quickly and easily. You get a range of characters and situations, and can really let your imagination run riot.”

November 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

A-Z of Free Online Stuff – Flickr Commons

“Flickr probably doesn’t need a great amount of introduction – it’s one of the first ports of call for many for both image-hosting, and finding Creative Commons material. However one part of the site may not be so well-known to everyone…”

September 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

A-Z of Free Online Stuff – Duolingo

“Duolingo is a free language site, that leads users through online modules helping them master French, German or Spanish, with more languages promised in the future.”

August 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

A-Z of Free Online Stuff – Audioboo

“Audioboo is a rather nice website for recording and distributing audio. It’s been around since 2009, and allows users to record or upload short pieces of audio…”

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Legacy of the ZX Spectrum

“This week saw the 30th anniversary of the release of the ZX Spectrum. This made me realise that I’ve lived virtually all my life with a computer in the house – my dad bought one when I was a small child, and so I don’t remember a time without one.”

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Problems with YouTube content ID

“Last week I wrote a post about how Mac users with iLife are legally entitled to use any music or loops contained within without limitation. However I had comments that people have had a problem with using them that I have also encountered myself.”

April 11, 2012 · Leave a comment