Choose effective references

The features described in this article are available only to partners who use YouTube's Content ID matching system.

We encourage you to use full-length files as references, rather than clips. Full-length references result in more Content ID matches and higher monetization rates. If the full-length reference includes segments of third-party material such as public domain footage or commercials, you can exclude those segments from Content ID match consideration.

You can provide a full-length reference even when you don’t want the entire content viewable on YouTube. The reference is not a publicly viewable YouTube video.

The examples below compare the effect of using a clip or a full-length video as a reference for a 42-minute long television episode.

Five-minute clip as reference

Full-length reference

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