Most people don't realize in professional video, you don't just screw the camera to the head of a tripod like you do in still photography. A large, professional video camera requires its weight to be distributed across the head of the tripod using a device called a "quick release plate."
And, to make matters even more complicated, tripod heads suitable for large video cameras don't have screws in their heads to attach a camera, because in order for the camera to be properly balanced front to back the mounting system must allow the camera to slide back and forth to be properly balanced. This sliding action is achieved through something called a "wedge plate" which does have screws in it to screw it to the quick release plate and allows the wedge plate to slide back and forth.
The whole package consists of the camera, its quick release plate, a wedge plate and the tripod's head. I had forgotten the wedge plate!!! How would I ever be able to mount the camera on the tripod???
So here I am sitting on this plane, now sweating bullets, trying to come up with a way to mount a professional video camera on a professional tripod. I must have looked like a terrorist about to set off a bomb on the plane. Fortunately, my lack of professional demeanor on the plane was not noticed by the flight crew.
We land, on time. My mind is running, running running trying to come up with options. Can't hand-hold the shoot, it's three days long, and besides this camera is really heavy.
Should I rent another tripod from a local company. No, no, budget and besides, it would just make me look stupid. "What kind of a videographer shows up to a shoot and can't mount his camera on his tripod?"
Then it occurs to me. The quick release plate is flat on the bottom. The tripod's head is pretty flat. I could glue the two together with gaffers tape, which I had with me. No, no, not good enough, not stable enough.
What substance would stick these two surfaces together strongly enough to form a solid bond? Of course: VELCRO!!!
By this time I'm riding in the hotel's shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel. No budget for a rental car in this job. How and more importantly, where could I buy my favorite brand of industrial strength VELCRO?
I enlist the help of the shuttle driver, telling my tale of woe. Surprisingly, he is sympathetic and offers a suggestion: lets stop at an office supply store that's only a little off the route to the hotel. What about the other shuttle passengers? They all want to get to the hotel too. "Don't worry, we'll make this real fast, won't we?"
So the driver gets on the shuttle's PA and announces that we will be taking a short detour that won't take more than a couple minutes. I see the passengers look at each other with a mixture of impatience and disbelief. "What's this all about?"
"This is all my fault!"
We pull into the parking of a Staples office store. Before the shuttle even stops, I'm bolting off and running into the store. WHERE is the VELCRO? To my incredible relief, they have EXACTLY what I need. I pay for it and am out the door in less than two minutes. People on the bus cheer and we're off to the hotel.
Thanks to the extra effort of the shuttle driver and a lot of two inch wide, extra strength, industrial grade black VELCRO, I was able to mount the camera on the tripod, record everything I needed and never once had any doubt the camera would not fall off the tripod.
Moral of the story. Always carry VELCRO with you on a shoot. No! no! Always remember to take the right equipment with you so you don't have rely on the kindness of strangers.
Actually, the moral of the story is, never give up; stay calm. A thought will occur to you that will save the day.