How to Play SCN Files


PC computer systems have always operated on similar file system structures, from early versions of Microsoft DOS to Windows 7. Files have extensions, which tell your operating system what the files do or what programs open the files. Some of these are universal -- like .exe files, which are programs -- but .scn files are less standard and could belong to any number of programs. Playing these files depends largely on what kind of files they are.

  • Click "Start" and "Control Panel," then click on "Programs" to see a list of all of the programs currently installed on your system. As of the date of publication, 17 programs can handle SCN files, which means that it might take a bit of detective work to discover which type of SCN files are on your computer.

  • Check the list at and look for any of the 17 programs on your list of installed software. According to this list, SCN files are commonly associated with Pinnacle Studio, Crazy Talk, Flying-Model-Simulator, Orbiter, SimCity, Rise of Nations, Steam and Visual Basic. If you use any of these programs regularly, your SCN files might be associated with them.

  • Click "Start" and "Computer" to open a file browsing Window, then type "*.scn" into the search window in the top right-hand corner and press "Enter." Wait a few minutes while the program searches your entire computer for SCN files.

  • Click the "View" icon beneath the search box and choose "Details" to view the search results with full details. The known associations for the SCN files are listed under "Type"; use this information to help you determine which program uses which files.

  • Open the program that handles SCN files on your computer, as determined in Steps 1 through 4, and use the program's menus to open one of the SCN files you found in Step 3. This process differs depending on what your specific SCN files do. For example, if your SCN files are for Pinnacle Studio, they control an associated AVI file you are working on to set scene definitions; if the files are associated with SimCity, the SCN files are scenario files for specific tasks. How you play them changes with what kind of SCN file they are.

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