.SBV File Extension

YouTube Captions File

Developer Google
4.2  |  46 Votes

What is an SBV file?

An SBV file is a file used to add subtitles or closed captions to a YouTube video. It contains a series of start and end timestamps paired with the captions to show during those time periods. SBV files are saved in a plain text format.

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Screenshot of a .sbv file in GitHub Atom
SBV file open in GitHub Atom

SBV timestamps are formatted using the H:MM:SS.000 time format. These start and end timestamps correspond to playback times in the video the SBV file is intended to caption. The caption paired with each start and end time appears during that time period.

SBV files are similar to .SUB and .SRT files. YouTube recommends that novice caption creators create caption files using the SBV or SRT formats, since those formats are quite basic.

How to open an SBV file

You can open and edit an SBV file using any text editor, such as Notepad (Windows), TextEdit (Mac), or Atom. You can also view an SBV file's contents by dragging the file into any web browser.

How to validate SBV files

You can verify correct subtitle formatting by uploading your SBV file to the Subtitle Validator available at https://validator.subtitledpro.com/.

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Programs that open or reference SBV files

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Superbase Form Definition

Developer Superbase Software
4.1  |  16 Votes

An SBV file may also be a form definition file used by Superbase, a program that allows developers to create databases and database management applications. It contains a graphical layout definition for a form. SBV files are used to format reports, tables, and user interfaces populated from a Superbase database.

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Precision Software released the original version of Superbase in 1983. While previous versions of the program were available for a variety of platforms, current versions are available for only Windows. Superbase Software publishes current versions of Superbase.

Developers use Superbase to create databases and applications used to manage and retrieve information from those databases. Superbase applications use SBV files to format items that appear to end users. For example, an SBV file might contain formatting information that controls how a report appears to users.

How to open an SBV file

You can open an SBV file and edit its contents with Superbase (Windows).

Programs that open SBV files

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