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This manual describes how to use Oracle Multimedia, which ships with Oracle Database. It provides detailed information about Oracle Multimedia APIs and their components, including object types and methods for multimedia data source manipulation.
In Oracle Database 11g Release 1 (11.1), the name Oracle interMedia was changed to Oracle Multimedia. The feature remains the same, only the name has changed. References to Oracle interMedia were replaced with Oracle Multimedia although, some references to Oracle interMedia or interMedia might still appear in graphical user interfaces, code examples, and related documents in the Documentation Library for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2).
The sample code in this manual might not match the code shipped with Oracle Database Examples media. To run examples that are shipped with Oracle Database Examples media on your system, use the files provided with Oracle Database Examples media. Do not attempt to compile and run the code in this guide.
See Oracle Database New Features Guide for information about Oracle Database and the features and options that are available to you.
This manual 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, familiarize yourself with the concepts presented in Oracle Multimedia User's Guide.
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Note:For information added after the release of this guide, see the online
README.txtfile 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 Online Documentation Library:
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 about 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 the Oracle Multimedia JSP Tag Library, see Oracle Multimedia JSP Tag Library Guide in the Oracle Multimedia Software section of the Oracle Technology Network Web site.
For more information about Java, including information about Java Advanced Imaging (JAI), see the API documentation provided by Oracle.
Many of the examples in this manual use the sample schemas. See Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information about how these schemas were created and how you can use them.
Although Boolean is a proper noun, it is presented as boolean in this manual when its use in Java code requires case-sensitivity.
The following text conventions are also used in this guide:
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|italic||Italic type indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.|
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Syntax descriptions are provided in this manual 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.