Oracle Multimedia is deprecated Oracle Database Release 18c, and may be desupported in a future release. This appendix describes some deprecated features that are not documented in earlier chapters.
For detailed information about deprecated Oracle Multimedia API components and other features, see the Oracle Multimedia documentation in the Oracle Database Online Documentation Library. Specifically, see the documentation for releases previous to the release when the component was deprecated.
This appendix includes these sections:
K.1 Extending Oracle Multimedia for New Sources and Formats
The ability to extend Oracle Multimedia object types to support new source types and new format types is deprecated in Oracle Database Release 18c, and may be desupported in a future release.
As an alternative, Oracle recommends that you use SecureFiles BLOBs instead of Oracle Multimedia object types for sources other than HTTP and FILE, and formats other than those supported by Oracle Multimedia.
K.2 Oracle Multimedia SQL/MM Still Image Standard Support
The Oracle Multimedia support for object types that comply with the first edition of the ISO/IEC 13249-5:2001 SQL MM Part5:StillImage standard (commonly referred to as the SQL/MM Still Image standard) was deprecated in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2), and may be desupported in a future release.
As an alternative for image processing operations, Oracle Multimedia developers can call the new ORD_IMAGE PL/SQL package or the ORDImage object methods in place of the SQL/MM Still Image object types.
As an alternative for image matching, Oracle Database developers can use open source packages such as OpenCV in their applications.
K.3 ORDImage Support for DICOM
Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (10.2) added the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) feature to Oracle Multimedia. This Oracle Multimedia feature enhanced the previous behavior of the Oracle Multimedia ORDImage object type by enabling Oracle Multimedia to recognize DICOM content and extract a subset of embedded DICOM attributes relating to patient, study, and series.
Beginning with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2), the DICOM support in ORDImage objects was not enhanced, was deprecated in Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1), and may be desupported in a future release.
K.4 Deprecated Image Processing Operators
The image processing operators dither and interleave were deprecated in Oracle Database 11g Release 1 (11.1). Although these operators still function, Oracle recommends that you stop using them as soon as possible.
The dither operator has been replaced with the quantize operator.
The interleave operator has been replaced with the contentFormat operator.