Oracle8i interMedia Audio, Image, and Video User's Guide and Reference
Release 8.1.5






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This guide describes how to use Oracle8i interMedia audio, image and video.

Oracle8i interMedia audio, image, and video requires Oracle8i or Oracle8i Enterprise Edition.

For information about the differences between Oracle8i and Oracle8i Enterprise Edition and the features and options that are available to you, see Getting to Know Oracle8i.

Intended Audience

This guide is intended for application developers and database administrators who are interested in storing, retrieving, and manipulating audio, image, and video data in an Oracle database, including developers of audio, image, and video specialization options.


This guide contains the following chapters and appendixes:

Chapter 1  

Introduces multimedia and Oracle8i interMedia; explains multimedia-related concepts.  

Chapter 2  

Provides basic examples of using Oracle8i interMedia object types and methods.  

Chapter 3  

Provides reference information on Oracle8i interMedia ORDAudio object type and methods.  

Chapter 4  

Provides reference information on Oracle8i interMedia ORDImage object type and methods.  

Chapter 5  

Provides reference information on Oracle8i interMedia ORDVideo object type and methods.  

Chapter 6  

Provides reference information on Oracle8i interMedia ORDSource object type and methods.  

Chapter 7  

Provides tuning tips for the DBA for more efficient storage of multimedia data.  

Appendix A  

Describes the supported audio data formats.  

Appendix B  

Describes the supported image data formats.  

Appendix C  

Describes the process and processCopy Operators.  

Appendix D  

Describes the raw pixel format.  

Appendix E  

Describes how to run the sample application and includes a source listing of that program.  

Appendix F  

Provides reference information for object types and methods described in the demonstration programs.  

Appendix G  

Emphasizes several entries from the online FAQ.  

Appendix H  

Lists exceptions raised and potential errors, their causes, and user actions to correct them.  

Appendix I  

Describes the deprecated image object types and methods.  


Defines important terms related to data options and multimedia information.  

Related Documents


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


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 Release 8.1.5 Oracle database server documentation set:


In this guide, Oracle8i interMedia is sometimes referred to as interMedia.

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