Friday roundup: 10 free and legal multimedia tools, WaPo’s “Trove” project

Yes, another tools list. But this is a really good one.

A great post this week came from Adam Westbrook — a new media journalist, film maker, lecturer and blogger based in London — who blogged about 10 free and legal (i.e., not pirated) multimedia tools for journalists.

He calls out a few awesome tools that I’d never heard of, like MPEG Streamclip, which converts video files to fit your needs, whether that means smaller, bigger, a new file type, etc. Another cool tool is Framecounter, which detects frames per second in your video so you don’t have to do the math, and Wisestamp, an email signature generator.

Check out his full list for the whys and hows on his top 10 list.

Trove: A new experiment from WaPo

An interesting new experiment is coming out of The Washington Post called Trove. Vadim Lavrusik at Mashable reports that the project will launch in March 2011 as a news aggregation service that customizes news based on preferences of the user. These preferences are determined by a quiz-like interface that the user participates in.

Trove pulls from thousands of sources around the web beyond The Washington Post. Lavrusik, who has access to a Trove beta account, isn’t yet convinced that Trove delivers much unique value:

Trove doesn’t quite fulfill the promise of its name: a newfound treasure. It’s far too similar to other aggregation news sites out there, most notably Google News. The utility of Trove isn’t different enough from other aggregators, aside from its user interface and the ability to easily filter content.

If the site is truly about helping users find the signal in the noise, it will use the selected interests to build more focus in the channels created, rather than continuing to add a stream of content based on the user’s interests on the main page.

Read the full story at Mashable.

Trove is currently in private beta. At, you can sign up to get an account after the site is open to the public.

Disclosure: Founder of this blog, Mark Luckie, is a senior news director for the Universal News Desk at The Washington Post.