UGRL Report: MagnumMac Founder Murray Wood

MagnumMac founder Murray Wood was among the more than 140 people who lost their lives in the February 22, 2011 earthquake that devastated the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

“Murray Wood will best be remembered by members of New Zealand’s Mac User Group community as the founder of MagnumMac. He was very involved with the Christchurch group as its Patron and spent a lot of time in Wellington when he was the owner of the Wellington branch. He assisted our group in the early years of the Digital Solutions Expo and the MovieFest competition providing some of his musical talent at the prize giving ceremony in Te Papa’s Soundings Theatre.

The following is from the New Zealand Heralds web site and sums up Murray as those of us who knew him remember him.

“Murray Wood’s day job was managing director of Canterbury Television. But outside his office he would often be found hammering the keys of his piano around the garden city.

Mr Wood was one of 15 CTV staffers believed to have been killed inside their building on Madras St.

Long-time friend Robert Bijl said the father of six was an energetic and enthusiastic music lover with a big heart.

“He’s extremely kind, extremely generous, enormously talented, very dedicated to his family and he adored his wife, Nicki,” Mr Bijl said. Mr Wood was proud of his five sons and one daughter.

Mr Wood was an avid piano player and could often be found playing in gigs, at fundraisers or just for friends. Mr Bijl spent time with Mr Wood’s family and the surviving staff from CTV – who were not in the building when the quake hit – after they heard the news. “Everyone was devastated … stunned.”

One of Mr Wood’s business partners, Nick Smith, said the loss was tragic. “All I can say about Murray is he’s a real enthusiast for the industry. He’s a good guy to have around, with a good sense of humour.”

He will be greatly missed and our condolences go out to his wife and family.”

Graeme Moffatt
Apple User Group Regional Liaison for Australasia

North Queensland: Members’ Stop Motion Video Competition

The Apple Users’ Group of North Queensland (AUQNQ) has an unusual tech-based activity for members: a stop-motion video competition, with entries accepted until  April 12. The rules are simple: the film can be no more than 30 seconds long, with a maximum of 750 frames and on any topic. Prefer sound or silent? Either is okay. An independent judge will determine the winning entry and, of course, the winner will get a prize. Better yet, the competition offers members a new and fun way to learn novel techniques.

See what the North Queensland group is doing.

LAFCPUG: Larry Garb, Fabienne Bouville and More

On February 23 the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group will host editors Larry Garb, Zack Arnold, and Fabienne Bouville. These three presenters have a wealth of knowledge regarding film making and the industry. As usual, there will be the group’s World Famous Raffle and a session of “Stump the Gurus”.

Add in the the group’s guests, recent High School graduates Jory Federighi and Brian Legoo, who will show off some of their current work and the evening should have a bit of something for everyone.


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ASHMUG: iMovie ’11 Workshop

Following up on a February Macworld Extravaganza meeting with presentations from Macworld attendees, ASHMUG of Ashland, Oregon, will be offering a two-day workshop covering iMovie ’11 on March 5th and 19th.

March 5 will cover the application in depth, while the March 19 session offers an opportunity for one-on-one advice and mentoring, as well as an opportunity to work on (and show) individual projects.


MacTechnics: Demo Fair Returns

Looking for an novel twist for a meeting? MacTechnics offers an interesting idea with their Demo Fairs. Using a Wiki interface for sign-up, each fair features members who sign up to demo their selected applications, services or hardware. What a great way to get a lot of information into a single get together, while making sure that each demo is done by someone who knows his or her selected product inside out!

Check it out.

Strait Mac: Sequim Tech and Media Fair

On March 19, members of the Strait Macintosh User Group from Washington State’s North Olympic Peninsula will participate in the Sequim Tech and Media Fair. The day will be filled with technology and media-related seminars, demonstrations, exhibits and more.  Interestingly, Strait Macintosh alternates meetings in two cities, Sequim and Port Angeles, so as to meet the needs of members in both cities.

Strait Macintosh User Group

Sequim Tech and Media Fair

Congrats to Apple User Group Ambassador Ray Bentsen and Strait Macintosh members.

User Group Reunion 2011 Thanks

Many thanks to the fifty vendor sponsors who helped make User Group Reunion 2011, held on January 27 at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco, a rousing success.

Thanks also go to the many attendees, VIP guests, volunteers, the UGAB and UGRL team members, and especially to IDG, who generously provided the room and A/V support for the event.

Together we made User Group Reunion 2011 an event to remember.