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Storing video files in Oracle

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonOctober 14,  2015

Question:  I want to develop a new site which should store videos, images and docs and I want to know if I should store the video files in Oracle, or in external flat files?

When should I use Oracle to store videos?  If I do, should I use BFILE of in-line LOB rows?

Answer:  If you do decide to store videos in Oracle, I would use large objects (LOB) because the videos will be managed (backup) and controlled with Oracle.  Using a BFILE for videos, only uses Oracle as a catalog manager.

For simple web site video's, I use Clipshare, quite nice . . .

If you plan to have thousands of videos, and they have non-video characteristics to track (keywords, descriptions), I would store the videos in Oracle, using LOB or BFILE for storage:



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