As a result of a nasty leg break, I was fitted with a knee brace. It didn't take too long to figure out a useful purpose for the brace.
I like taking aerial photos (still and video) and have never really had a mount, helmet or otherwise, that I could use to shoot with hands-on brakes and still be able to frame pan and tilt.
Hence, I designed the video mount shown in the photos attached.
The core of the mount is a Bogen Model # 3265 Manfotto Bassano camera mount made in Italy. The lever can be depressed and the mount can then be swivelled 180 degrees on the x-axis and about 90 degrees on the y-axis. When the lever is released the mount stays in the locked position.
The video mounts on the top of the mount with a cam-lock quick release mechanism which allows secure mounting of the camera and quick release to remove it. The cam-lock mechanism also has a locking feature to insure the cam-lock is not inadvertantly released. I attach a small line lanyard as a safety in case the camera detaches from the mount (which to date has never happened). The video camera I currently use is a Sony DCR TRV730 digital.
I cut some round pads using an old pair of flip-flops which serves as a shock mount to absorb mini-vibrations and provides a contour mount between the base and the leg brace. The mount is secured to the Townsend Design carbon fibre leg brace with a carriage bolt. The hole in the brace was drilled and then filed into a square hole so the carriage bolt would not turn.
Overall, the video camera mount is working out very nicely. Footage is clear and I have the ability to view the filming through the flip-out LCD in-flight. I can angle the camera to view my subject and lock the mount then make minor pan and tilts using my leg movement. The mount is strong enough to foot-launch and land with outout having to take the video camea off the mount. I can swivel and lock the mount to film up at the canopy, or rotate it to film my face, or rotate it so a flyer on either side can be filmed, or set it looking forward in a normal flight mode or lock it in a tilt-down position to film the ground. It's very versatile, easy to use and provides a stable vibration free mounting platform.
Credit for the photos goes to my 10-year old Son Brandon who is beginning to show an interest in flight.