Mark Foley
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Mark Foley

Mark J. Foley, MBA BA is an award-winning producer and director and the Technology Editor for ProductionHUB.com. He is on a mission to provide the best in new equipment reviews, along with exclusive analysis and interviews with the best, the brightest, and the most creative minds in the entertainment and production business. Have a suggestion for a review? Email Mark at mfoley@productionhub.com.

Is Cloud Storage in Your Future Production Plans?

Exclusive Interviews Tuesday, March 26, 2024
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Elton Carneiro, Senior Director, Partnerships and James Flores Jr. Product Manager M & E, from Backblaze. Backblaze is a company that focuses on cloud storage and has amassed an impressive client list of studios, production facilities, and other A list clients. I wanted to learn more about the process of storing data in the cloud and also to find out more about what was going on in this rapidly growing area in the production and post production workflow.

In Review: A Look at OWC's Dual Slot SDXC USC-II USB-C Card Reader and ATLAS ULTRA 256GB SD Card

Equipment / Tech Reviews Friday, March 1, 2024
You know the feeling — you're on a shoot or edit and you notice you're running out of SD cards, and even worse, running out of time. Admittedly, we've all experienced this at some point. So, what are you supposed to do in these situations? I found a really simple solution to those problems in a recent review I conducted testing out the Dual Slot SDXC USC-II USB-C Card Reader and OWC ATLAS ULTRA 256GB SD Card from OWC, also known as Other World Computing. Needless to say, I came away quite impressed from the experience, but first let's dive into some physical observations.

How to Choose the Right Video Switcher for Your Production Needs

ProductionHUB Exclusive Wednesday, February 14, 2024
We're going to start by delving into the world of video switchers by considering your specific production requirements. Are you aiming for a production akin to the Grammys or Oscars, with numerous cameras and intricate graphics? Or perhaps you need a switcher capable of managing a vast array of cameras and sources? On the other hand, maybe you're looking to elevate a local event or service with a few cameras and mixed audio, aiming for a high-end production feel without the extravagant budget. Rest assured, there's a video switcher out there perfectly suited to meet your needs and elevate your production to the next level.

eSports Livestreaming 101: Essential Tech Tips for Seamless Streaming and Dynamic Graphics

ProductionHUB Exclusive Thursday, January 25, 2024
Like many parts of the entertainment and media industry the eSports segment has recently seen its share of ups and downs. But as with any maturing market segment, corrections were to be expected. You’d think that these “market corrections” might paint a less than cheery forecast for eSports and all those involved — from manufacturers to venues and players? That’s not the case, especially in the domestic marketplace.

Looking at CES 2024: Big and Bold Technologies Takes Center Stage

Industry Announcements / Events Tuesday, January 16, 2024
CES 2024 was poised to grab both professionals and consumers attention with new and improved technology. With an estimated 130,000 attendees, and 4000 plus exhibitors, there is no doubt that the 2024 version of CES, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association was a big one. One of the interesting things to consider is just how wide a technology net CES casts. If you have a thing for almost any technology or just a better quality of life you need to pay attention to CES 2024.

In Review: DPA Microphones 2017 Shotgun Microphone

Equipment / Tech Reviews Thursday, December 28, 2023
If you aren’t familiar with DPA Microphones, you owe it to yourself (and your productions) to check out their product line up. After matching up the DPA 2017 Shotgun with two awesome cameras — the Canon R5 C and the Nikon Z8 — I came away really impressed with the overall quality of capturing audio and the build of the mic itself. We'll be diving into a few of the particulars, but let’s first revisit why the oft forgotten audio half of the production equation matters.

The ProductionHUB Deluxe Last, Last, Last Minute Gift Guide: Part 2

Miscellaneous Friday, December 15, 2023
Hopefully you’ve almost wrapped up your holiday shopping. If not….What are you waiting for? I know you have been busy, but we are running out of time folks! We created one gift guide last month, but our ProductionHUB family chimed in and told me they want even more choices. So, without any further delay, here is part two of my favorite things all year. I present the ProductionHUB Last, Last, Last Minute DELUXE Holiday Gift Guide, complete with sleigh bells and whistles. Enjoy!

Year 2023 In Review: Navigating the Storms, Celebrating Wins, and Charting a Course for Your Production Future

ProductionHUB Exclusive Thursday, December 14, 2023
How do you feel 2023 has been for you? Did you shake off the remnants of 2022 and kick some ass? Did you make up for lost time? For many 2023 started out on a strong note, with productions coming on strong. Then of course then as we all know the strikes happened and many productions and projects had to hit pause. Fortunately those strikes are now behind us and we can get back to work.

How to Navigate the Choice Between Owning and Renting Production Gear, with a Spotlight on Cameras and Lenses

Advice / Tips & Tricks Thursday, November 30, 2023
If you’re into production as much as I am, sooner or later you will have to make some major decisions about whether you are going to buy your own gear, rent your gear, or a mix of both. This applies in particular when it comes to buying or renting cameras and lenses - which is our main focus here - but there are things such as lighting and audio packages that can definitely fit in the rental category.