How do you use the Reference ID field?

  • 27 January 2024
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I’m new to using Brightcove and am wondering how others use the Reference ID field for videos. Whether it helps teams to manage videos with a consistent, repeatable data point. I realize it’s a manual-entry field, but it seems like something I might build into a content management best practices doc or some other instructions for our media coordinator. Thanks!


Best answer by Andy Hartono 27 January 2024, 09:17

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Why use reference IDs?

It is good practice to use reference ID instead of video ID or playlist ID when you can. Some advantages include:

  • You don't have to update all of your publishing embed code if you accidentally delete a video or playlist. Instead, you simply upload another video or re-create a playlist and assign it the same reference ID as the deleted item.
  • It's easy to match up your reference IDs with content IDs when managing your videos and web pages with a content management system (CMS).


For us, we use reference id for mapping id (to keep other video id). And we still use Brightcove video id as the main id.