What is the reason to upload a short video to the cloud?

I’ve used it before but don’t really understand what the purpose or value of it is.

If your cam gets stolen you still have the video available. If you have an SD card in the cam and are continuously recording you can use it as a flag to go back and review the event in longer detail.
With the new CMC feature you can opt to have the full event available on the cloud.

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Also, with the clip and the new features just added, if you are using a card you can use the playback feature to jump directly to the event with no searching.

I think mainly it’s so you can tie it to a trigger that makes sense. If you have a camera pointed at a door and a contact sensor on the door, for example, you can see who/what is opening the door.

You could also do it on a schedule if you want a quick video at the top of every hour or half hour or something, regardless of motion (Particularly if you turn off motion detection)

What some of my confusion is that if the camera is facing what triggers it then the camera would take the video anyways. If the trigger is away from the camera the 12 second video would probably not be useful.
You mention putting it on a schedule but I don’t see an option to do that other than the camera itself. I’m sure that it’s there somewhere but with all the recent updates it’s not jumping out at me.

I think it may be rooted in history.
Many years ago (3?) when Wyze started out they started with a no-charge for cloud. But in order to keep costs down they limited the clips. Some people don’t use SD cards, For example my son just uses his 10 cams to monitor his house and dog. No SD cards. And he’s had 6 cams before I got any in April.
There’s a strong attraction for many to have a $20 cam, Not a $20 cam and $3/a month, or a $20 cam and a $10 SD card

Not if you have motion detection disabled. (It could be useful in an area that gets a lot of motion, but you want to ignore most of it, except when triggered by something.)

Also not during a cooldown period. It can ensure that you don’t miss a video of someone entering a door if the camera was already triggered by something else, for example.