Normally, with Media Cloud activated and working, uploads go to WordPress first and then Media Cloud will upload to cloud storage. When you enable Direct Uploads, those uploads will now skip WordPress completely, and are sent straight to your cloud storage provider.
For Videos, direct uploads will not generate additional metadata that you may or may not need. However, if you install FFProbe on your server, Media Cloud will generate this additional metadata after the upload to cloud storage is complete.
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Direct Upload Settings
Integrate with Media Library When this option is enabled, performing any uploads through WordPress’s media library will perform direct uploads. If this option is off you will have to use the Cloud Upload page to do direct uploads. Direct Upload Images/Video Files/Audio Files/Documents These next set of …
Direct Upload Image Settings
Direct Upload Video Settings
Use FFProbe for Videos When this option is enabled, Media Cloud will use a command line tool called FFProbe to fetch the metadata about the video. FFProbe must be installed on your server and the PHP function shell_exec must be enabled.
Installing FFProbe on your server is not a particularly trivial endevour. Each server setup is going to be different and there is no way for us to document each different way. Instead, we will document how we do it on WordPress sites we build for clients. You will need to …