This guide describes how to use Oracle Multimedia, which ships with Oracle Database. It describes the management and integration of audio, image, and video, or other heterogeneous media data with other Oracle tools and software, and with third-party tools and software.

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.

The sample code in this guide 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 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. After familiarizing yourself with the concepts presented in this guide, consult Oracle Multimedia Reference for API information.

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For information added after the release of this guide, see 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 Online Documentation Library:

For more information about using JDBC, see Oracle Database JDBC 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 on the Oracle Multimedia Web page 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 guide 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 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.