SCN File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a SCN file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .SCN files.

What is a SCN file?

Files that contain the .scn file extension are scenario files that are commonly used by real-time strategy computer games, such as Age of Empires, SIM City and Age of Mythology. The SCN file contains a game play map that may include terrain, starting locations and conditions for defeating various accomplishments within the game.

The .scn file extension is also used by ALCATech Software for audio file management. These SCN files position the locations of sounds within the audio files created by the program.

In some cases, the .scn file extension is also used by the Pinnacle Studio software program. These files are used by the software to specify the begin and end point of different scenes.

How to open SCN files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension SCN for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different SCN openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension SCN

While we know of one file format using the .SCN file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .SCN file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of SCN files. Remember, different programs may use SCN files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
MGI Software Corp. VideoWavMGI Software Corp. VideoWavUser submitted
SimCitySimCityUser submitted
MGI Software Corp. VideoWaveMGI Software Corp. VideoWaveUser submitted
Caligari trueSpaceCaligari trueSpaceUser submitted
SoftimageSoftimageUser submitted
Image LabImage LabUser submitted
StudioStudioUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
ImageScopeImageScopeUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SCN-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with SCN-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!