What is an SCV File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert SCV Files

SCV Files
SCV Files.

A file with the SCV file extension is a ScanVec CASmate file used by the (now discontinued) CASmate software. CASmate uses SCV files in the vector image format so that the images can be scaled to fit designs used for signs.

Though the format isn't anything as popular as MP4, AVI, FLV, and other video formats, some SCV files may instead be video files.

Note: Don't confuse the .SCV file extension with .SVC, which is affixed to a WCF Web Service file used with Microsoft Internet Information Services (ISS).

CSV is another file format that spells its file extension similarly but has nothing to do with what I talk about here.

How To Open an SCV File

SA International stopped developing CASmate after acquired ScanVec. They do, however, have the Flexi software that can open SCV files.

Since the format stores an image used for signs, other programs that focus on signs, engravings, CNC machines, or something similar may also be able to import the SCV file. Graphtec America's I-DESIGNR software is one example.

If you suspect that your SCV file is a video file, and you know what software program generated/encoded/produced it, your best bet for opening it is, of course, that program.

The only source for SCV videos that I'm aware of is from a now-defunct portable video player. This SCV format is likely proprietary, meaning that since the device is no longer around, neither is any easy way to play SCV video files.

That said, if you have one of these SCV files, and you're pretty sure it's a video file, try installing one of those "play everything" players and open it there, first renaming the file from SCV to another, more common, video format extension. There's no guarantee it'll work, but it's worth a shot. There's more on this below.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the SCV file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open SCV files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an SCV File

If a ScanVec CASmate file can be converted to any other format, chances are that it's done through the Flexi software. I can't confirm whether this is possible (I don't own the program), but it's worth a try.

Most programs include an export or save as function that lets you convert an open file to another format. If it's possible in Flexi, try looking in the File menu for some type of an Export or Save As option.

The same goes for video files that have been saved in the SCV file. I don't know of a file converter that supports this specific format but if you do find a program that can open the SCV file, like I mentioned above, that same application might be able to save the file to a more popular format. Most media players I know of don't support conversions in addition to playback, but it's worth a shot.

Note: Though a regular file conversion process must happen for files to be converted to another format, some files can simply have their extension renamed so that they open in a different program without any issues.

In this example, it's possible that the SCV file is just a renamed video file, like an MP4 file, which means you could just rename the file to *.MP4 and open it in multi-format media player like VLC.

More Help With SCV Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the SCV file, and what programs you've tried already, and I'll see what I can do to help.