Gods Thumb Lincoln City Oregon

God’s Thumb or The Thumb is just a short 1.6 mile hike North of Lincoln City Oregon. The trail head can be found towards near Roads End State Park just passed a logging gate. The hike is somewhat steep, but easy enough for all ages. The Morrisey Productions crew took a trip to “The Thumb” or God’s Thumb recently to explore the area and do some filming with our DJI Inspire X5R drone. Over the years I have seen some really cool videos out of the area so we decided to travel there with a couple friends and see what we can produce. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and we found ourselves clouded in right before sunset, but that didn’t stop us from capturing some amazing Oregon Coast drone footage. Here is a short video we edited with just a small portion of the footage we captured that day.

Here are some high-quality aerial photos of the trial and viewpoint.

The Thumb Aerial Drone Photo

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Clips from God’s Thumb in Lincoln City Oregon were also featured in our 2016 video Exploring Oregon 1.0. During the filming of Exploring Oregon we traveled throughout the State of Oregon looking for the most scenic locations we could find. On our way down the Coast we linked up with Alex Reed and Melissa Stough for a couple scenes. Watch the full version below.

Morrisey Video Production is currently on the road working with Oregon Public Broadcasting on several TV episodes that will be released in the fall of 2017. Check out more of our work by visiting the Morrisey Productions Instagram channel and subscribe to us on YouTube.


10 Best Video Cameras for Professionals in 2017 & 2018

The year 2017 saw a huge boost in production and technological advances in the world of video. Experts predict that this rate of growth will continue into 2018 and beyond. Video is being used each and every day by people from all walks of life. There are many people in the United States and the world that use video for a variety of purposes. Today’s careers are different from the careers of yesterday. Many people use video cameras and make money by recording themselves or others and posting it online, others use cameras to run big production companies. Video production is a fast moving career that’s growing quickly all over the world.

In this article, we will explore the latest and greatest cameras on the market perfect for professional to armature.

GoPro Hero4 Session

The GoPro Hero4 Session is the perfect camera for professionals looking for action shots. The GoPro Hero4 Session is extremely small, compact and is accessed anywhere and at any time. This camera is easy to use and it has the ability to be attached to many things, including a person. The GoPro Hero4 Session retails for $299.99. The GoPro Hero4 Session is the perfect camera for a professional who needs a shot of someone hiking, running, or surfing.

Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder

This Canon camera is ideal for professionals who need the power of a great camera, in a small package. The Canon XA30 has a 20X Optical Zoom, that is high definition. It also contains an HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor. With this sensor, professionals can shoot in low light with ease. The Canon XA30 shoots in 24p, giving every shot film quality.

Nikon D5600

The Nikon D5600 is a DSLR camera that many professionals use. Professionals in the video and photography industry use the Nikon D5600 to create video and to take great photography. The camera features 24.2 megapixels. It features full HD video recording and it has built-in WIFI. The built-in WIFI is perfect for individuals who like to share their work on social media.

Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD

The Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD is an affordable high-end camera that features ultra HD. Ultra HD is also known as 4K, which is the new recording format. The 4K recording format is great, crystal clear quality. This feature is ideal for professionals that are looking for great quality footage.

Canon EOS M6

The Canon EOS M6 is a mirrorless camera. Mirrorless cameras are new and becoming very popular because they are lighter and easier to use. The Canon EOS M6 has a 24.2 megapixel sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus. This camera is great for professionals because it gives them DSLR quality and features, without the bulk.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Video professionals all over the world love and adore the Canon EOS 5D Mark Series. Professionals everywhere use this camera to shoot full-feature movies and other projects. The newest addition, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has 30.4 megapixels. This newest version also shoots in 4K ultra high definition. This camera is a great upgrade for all video professionals.

Canon XC10

Canon is a beloved camera brand for most video professionals. The Canon XC10 is a hybrid camera that shoots in 4K ultra high definition. The camera features a touchscreen monitor and it has a built-in ND filter. ND filters are used for the exposure of an image or video. The Canon XC10 is perfect for professionals looking for cinema quality video.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a mirrorless camera that many consider to be on the high-end of the price spectrum. It shoots in 4K ultra high definition and it has an HDMI connection. This Olympus camera also has a headphone jack, so professionals can listen to audio as they as they are shooting. The camera shoots up to 60 frames per second.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a workhorse that shoots in 4K ultra high definition. It features a viewfinder and a monitor for easy viewing. This camera can connect to an HDMI cable. In addition to 4K ultra high definition shooting, the Panasonic Lumix can also shoot in full high definition, which is 1080p.

Sony Alpha A7S II

The Sony Alpha A7S II is a compact camera that is used by professionals for their video needs. It features a full-frame CMOS sensor and it has a resolution of 12.2 MP. The lens of a Sony Alpha A7S II is a Sony E Mount. The camera features low noise when using the lens and it shoots in 4K ultra high definition. Autofocus on the Sony Alpha A7S II is fast and the camera has a built-in image stabilization feature.

When choosing a professional camera for your video production operation, it’s important that you do you research. Technology is increasing at such a rapid pace that it’s easy for your equipment to become quickly outdated. In 2018, videographers will face more challenges than ever, so it’s critical you have the right camera for the job. From the crew here at Morrisey Productions, best of luck in 2018.

 Top 7 Best Drones for Video Production 2017 & Looking forward into 2018. 

The use of technology for video production has come a long way over the past few decades. Video producers used to be limited as to what they could film because they used standard video cameras to capture what was in front of them. Video producers now can increase the quality and scope of their videos by using drones. They used to only be affordable and accessible to large film companies, but now, even the independent video producer can purchase them. If you are interested in updating your equipment you use for filming, here are the top 7 drones for video production of 2017.

• DJ I Mavic Pro
This drone is among the most desired of all its kind. The DJ I Mavic Pro is easy to transport, as it is lightweight and small compared to most video production equipment. This drone can fly for 27 minutes and it can reach a range of up to 4 miles. The DJ I Mavic can be controlled using the Wi-Fi function on their iPhone or Android phone. Even the average film enthusiast can enjoy this drone for personal use, as it has the capability to follow the user and take portraits of them.
• GoPro Karma
One unique quality about the GoPro Karma is its Quick editing software. This drone is easy to pack and gives the user a great deal of control, allowing them to designate a ‘co-pilot,’ someone who can assist them with steering while using the drone. You can even use the GoPro Karma to concentrate on the ground by using its image stabilizer. If you are looking for teamwork, the GoPro Karma is right for you.
• Yuneec Typhoon H
This drone was awarded the ‘Best of Class’ at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, and for good reason. Attached to the drone is a CGO3+ gimbal camera. It’s safety features, such as how it makes an instant, safe landing when the battery is low to prevent damage to the drone. This drone is user-friendly, with multiple preset flight modes even beginner video producers will find easy to navigate.
• Parrot AR Drone 2.0
Like the DJ I Mavic Pro, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 has the option of controlling the drone by use of smartphones. However, the Parrot AR 2.0 has is even more compatible with other pieces of technology. This drone can even be controlled from a tablet. The videos can instantly be recorded to your phone or tablet while in flight, while also allowing you to keep an eye on your drone’s, speed, height, and power. Video producers who love technology, prefer a high level of control of their equipment, and want to save time will appreciate the Parrot AR Drone 2.0
• UDI 818A
The UDI 818A is an excellent choice of drone for those considering a career in cinematography or even photography. It is one of the less expensive of its kind, so even a hobbyist producer or photographer will find this drone worth the purchase. The drone takes 720p high-definition videos, and the camera takes 2MP photos.
• Revell Nano Quadcopter
The Revell Nano Quadcopter is one of the smallest flying, video recording devices on the market. It takes 720p high-quality videos with its attached camera and instantly responds to the user’s directions. One unique quality of this drone is that due to its LED lights. If you want a responsive drone with high sensitivity, this drone is a good option for you.
• DJI Phantom 4
This drone is one of the most desirable on the market, and has earned a reputation for being the best quality for the lowest price. Those in the filming field recommend this drone because it can be used to teach film students and prepare them for more advanced methods of filming. It’s easy to fly, has unbelievable quality, and endless features to adjust to make this drone your own customized recording device.

At Morrisey Productions, were always looking forward into the future. This is our list of the top video production drones for 2018 so far. Drone industry technology is moving quickly, and as new drones get released we will update the list with our latest picks for top video production drones.

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Over the last 3-months the Morrisey Productions crew has been working with the Cannon Beach Chamber filming a variety of events including Pouring at the Coast and the 50th Anniversary of the signed of the Oregon Beach Bill. Over the next year, we will be working on a variety of projects for the City and Chamber including filming the legendary Sand Caste Contest in June. During a recent video shoot we decided to fly our DJI Inspire Drone on the South side of the city to capture some footage of Haystack Rock from a distance. We launched from the parking and viewpoint just South of town and flew North towards Haystack Rock. This clip will be featured in the Pouring at the Coast video that is due to be released in the Fall of 2017.

This video was also featured on our Instagram Channel.

Breathtaking early morning flight in Cannon Beach. Who’s ready for the weekend? 🔥#MorriseyProductions

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