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Oracle® Multimedia Reference
11g Release 1 (11.1)

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This guide describes how to use Oracle Multimedia, which ships with Oracle Database.

For information about Oracle Database and the features and options that are available to you, see Oracle Database New Features Guide.


This guide is for application developers and database administrators who are interested in storing, retrieving, and manipulating audio, image, video, and heterogeneous media data in a database, including developers of audio, heterogeneous media data, image, and video specialization options. Before using this reference, you should familiarize yourself with the concepts presented in Oracle Multimedia User's Guide.

The sample code in this guide will not necessarily match the code shipped with the Oracle installation. If you want to run examples that are shipped with the Oracle installation on your system, use the files provided with the installation. Do not attempt to compile and run the code in this guide.

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Accessibility of Code Examples in Documentation

Screen readers may not always correctly read the code examples in this document. The conventions for writing code require that closing braces should appear on an otherwise empty line; however, some screen readers may not always read a line of text that consists solely of a bracket or brace.

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Related Documents


For information added after the release of this guide, refer to the online README.txt file under your <ORACLE_HOME> directory. Depending on your operating system, this file may be in:


See your operating system-specific installation guide for more information.

For more information about using Oracle Multimedia in a development environment, see the following documents in the Oracle Database software documentation set:

For information about Oracle Locator, see Oracle Spatial Developer's Guide.

For more information about using XML, see Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide.

For reference information on Oracle Multimedia Java classes in Javadoc format, see the following Oracle API documentation (also known as Javadoc) in the Oracle Database Online Documentation Library:

For information about using Multimedia Tag Library, see Oracle Application Server 10g Multimedia Tag Library for JSP User's Guide and Reference in the Oracle Application Server Online Documentation Library.

For more information about Java, including information about Java Advanced Imaging (JAI), see the API documentation provided by Sun Microsystems.

Many of the examples in this book use the sample schemas, which are installed by default when you install Oracle. See Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information about how these schemas were created and how you can use them yourself.


In this guide, Oracle interMedia (now known as Oracle Multimedia) was sometimes referred to as interMedia.

In examples, an implied carriage return occurs at the end of each line, unless otherwise noted. You must press the Return key at the end of a line of input.

Also in examples, vertical ellipsis points indicate that information not directly related to the example has been omitted.

In statements or commands, horizontal ellipsis points indicate that parts of the statement or command not directly related to the example have been omitted.

Also in statements or commands, angle brackets enclose user-supplied names and brackets enclose optional clauses from which you can choose one or none.

Although Boolean is a proper noun, it is presented as boolean in this guide when its use in Java code requires case-sensitivity.

The following text conventions are also used in this guide:

Convention Meaning
boldface Boldface type indicates graphical user interface elements associated with an action, or terms defined in text or the glossary.
italic Italic type indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.
monospace Monospace type indicates commands within a paragraph, URLs, code in examples, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.

Syntax Descriptions

Syntax descriptions are provided in this book for various SQL, PL/SQL, or other command-line constructs in graphic form or Backus Naur Form (BNF). See Oracle Database SQL Reference for information about how to interpret these descriptions.