Video Linking & Upload Requirements

Video Upload Requirements

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Video Linking

Linking from external websites such as YouTube, Metacafe, and Vimeo only requires cURL to be installed, which is available in most webhosting providers' cURL library.

Video Uploading

  1. Video upload uses FFMPEG to convert videos. Most shared webhosting providers disable this option because it consumes a lot of memory and processing power. Please contact your webhosting provider regarding the availability of FFMPEG on your server. It is advisable to have at least VPS before you consider allowing video uploads.
  2. Minimum: FFMPEG; to get it running, it also requires exec/passthru/shell_exec/system access.
  3. Optional: FLVTool2, for adding metadata to your video.

Unlike other extensions, the path to FFMPEG and FLVTool2 need to be specified on your JomSocial Backend. Go to Site > Configuration and look for the "Videos" section. There you will find the fields to set both paths.

  1. Video-settings.jpeg

One last thing that JomSocial needs to process the video is a Cronjob (scheduled task). Make sure your Cronjob is configured properly by referring to this documentation.

Large Photo/video Uploading

When it comes to large photo/video uploads, there are a few server configurations that you can tweak to get the most out of JomSocial:


  1. max_execution_time = 9000; Maximum execution time of each script, in seconds.
  2. max_input_time = 9000; Maximum amount of time each script may spend parsing request data.
  3. memory_limit = 1024M; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume.
  4. post_max_size = 1024M; Maximum size of POST data that PHP will accept.
  5. upload_max_filesize = 1024M; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.


  1. wait_timeout = 120
  2. connect_timeout = 120

Disable safe_mode and open_basedir

  1. Some hosting providers have safe_mode and openbase_dir enabled. In order for the photo/video upload to work, you have to disable them. If your webhosting provider allows you to override the Apache’s configuration, you need to override the vhost configuration.
  2. php_admin_flag safe_mode off
  3. php_admin_value open_basedir none

If your webhost allows for .htaccess override, locate your .htaccess file in the root Joomla directory and add these lines into it:

  1. php_admin_flag safe_mode off
  2. php_admin_value open_basedir none