.SBV File Extension

A .SBV file is a Superbase Form Definition, created by Google.

Open with Vim. Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

What is a .SBV file?

An SBV file is a simple type of file that helps add words at the bottom of a YouTube video, like subtitles or closed captions, so people can read what is being said. It works by having times written down for when each piece of text should start and stop showing up on the screen. These times and texts are written in a very simple way that computers and people can easily understand, using just regular text that you can type or see in a note-taking app.

You can open and edit SBV files with many different programs that let you work with text. Some of these programs are already on your computer when you buy it, like Microsoft Notepad and WordPad on Windows, or TextEdit on Apple computers. You can also use more advanced text editors like Vim, or even some web tools and programs specifically designed for working with subtitles, like Namo Software Subtitle Validator. If you're using a Chromebook, Google Chrome's text editor is another option.

The times in an SBV file look a bit like a clock, going from hours to minutes to seconds, and even parts of a second. This helps the video player know exactly when to show each piece of text. SBV files are pretty straightforward, making them a good choice for people who are new to creating captions. They're similar to other subtitle file types like .SUB and .SRT, but YouTube especially suggests using SBV or SRT files because they're simple to make and use.


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