After almost 2 hours with various hostgator support staff... it appears that wordpress 3.3.1 has caused more apache processes to kick off upon the 'crunching' process and now I can't load videos through the backend (at least greater than 1.5mb) because the downstream apache memory usage is over 60mb (so the support rep told me). Nothing can be changed via php.ini settings to prevent this behavior. The file is actually uploaded (I can see it via FTP)... but wordpress never kicks the video file through its processes and then attaches it to a post (or to the media library at all). (I should point out this ONLY happens when I use safari on a mac... the same error does not affect my windows 7 box).
I guess my question/feature request is this: Why 'process' video files at all? Why not treat mp4 or flv files as just plain files that do not get any 'crunching' treatment? I certainly don't want them crunched... because I've encoded them in a very specific way.
By allowing users to put videos on 'white' lists... you will allow wordpress to be used for large file content management on many more servers that otherwise would kill this exces memory usage.
Is anyone else encountering this issue??!