|Oracle® interMedia User's Guide
10g Release 1 (10.1)
Part Number B10840-01
This guide describes how to use Oracle interMedia ("interMedia").
Oracle interMedia ships with Oracle Database Standard and Enterprise Editions.
For information about Oracle Database and the features and options that are available to you, see Oracle Database New Features.
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.
If you are interested in an overview and how to use Oracle interMedia, see Chapter 1 for general introductory information.
For tuning tips for storing media files, see Chapter 8.
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This guide contains the following chapters and appendixes:
Introduces multimedia and Oracle interMedia; explains multimedia-related concepts.
Describes Web application development environments and using interMedia in these environments.
Describes developing an interMedia photo album Web application.
Describes the IMExample Java sample application for loading, retrieving, and playing media data using the interMedia image, audio, video, and general media object types.
Explains concepts, operations, and techniques related to content-based retrieval using the interMedia image signature object type.
Describes how to install, register, and use the interMedia Custom DataSource and DataSink feature, which is an extension to Java Media Framework (JMF) version 2.0 and 2.1 developed by Sun Microsystems.
Describes how to extend interMedia to support other external sources of media data, other media data formats, and audio and video data processing.
Provides tuning tips for the DBA for more efficient storage of multimedia data.
Provides basic examples of using interMedia object types and methods.
Describes the sample scripts and sample programs and how to run them.
Describes how to install and upgrade Oracle interMedia manually.
Note:For information added after the release of this guide, refer to the online
Please see your operating system-specific installation guide for more information.
For more information about using interMedia in a development environment, see the following documents in the Oracle Database documentation set for 10g Release 1 (10.1):
Oracle interMedia Annotator User's Guide and Reference (available only from OTN)
For more information on using JDBC, see Oracle Database JDBC Developer's Guide and Reference.
For reference information on both Oracle interMedia Java Classes and Oracle interMedia Java Classes for Servlets and JSP in Javadoc format, see the Oracle API documentation (also known as Javadoc). The API documentation is available on the Oracle Database 10g Documentation Library CD-ROM and also from the documentation section of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Web site at
For more information on Java, see the API documentation provided by Sun Microsystems at
For more information on the Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) API, see the following Web site (which is maintained by Sun Microsystems)
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In this guide, Oracle interMedia is sometimes referred to as interMedia.
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This is a new guide for this release. It contains several chapters that were originally in Oracle interMedia User's Guide and Reference in the Oracle9i (9.0.1) release, as well as a chapter originally in Oracle interMedia Java Classes User''s Guide and Reference in the Oracle9i (9.2) release.