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the SMK file extension!

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SMK file extension - RAD Video Tools Smacker compressed video

What is smk file? How to open smk files?

File type specification:

Digital video and movie file type icon Digital video and movie file type

Smacker is very different than most video codecs. It is an 256-color (8-bit) codec - it uses a palette (or a series of palettes) for the video frames. This is both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. 256-color data makes it super fast, but also hurts the color quality (even before any compression takes places).

At one time, games themselves were also 256-color. This made integrating Smacker much, much easier than other codecs, since Smacker was using the same techniques and modes that the game did. Also, in 256-color mode, Smacker looked better than true-color codecs since it used a palette that was custom designed for that video. True-color codecs used a fixed palette and dithering to run in 256-color mode, which hurt their overall quality.

However now-a-days, pretty much all games and game hardware run in full color mode, so much of Smacker's advantage has disappeared. Smacker is still used commonly in educational games and simple sprite games where its speed makes it advantageous. A Smacker movie at 640x480 barely takes 3% of a modern CPU to decode - MP3s can take more CPU to decode than a Smacker movie needs!

The Smacker compressor is built into the RAD Video Tools, so you can try it if you have a situation that you think it may be appropriate for.

The default software associated to smk file type:

The RAD Video Tools picture or screenshot

RAD Game Tools, Inc. logoThe RAD Video Tools  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
RAD Game Tools, Inc.

A set of tools for Bink format, the RAD Video Tools give you everything you need to create, use, and distribute Bink and Smacker video files! They include the compressors, sound mixers, players, and general graphics and sound converters.

Help how to open SMK files:

Many common video formats can be played back with some universal media player like VLC player. However, some highly specialized and proprietary formats may only be supported in certain players that are usually provided by the original developer.

For general information try to look at:
Basic info how to open video and movie files

How to convert file with extension SMK:

Generally speaking, you will need a multimedia converter if you want to convert one video format to another. You can find hundreds of converters on the internet, but their quality may vary and many may not even support every video format. So always use some of the more popular and reliable software first.

For general information try to look at:
Basic info how to convert video and movie files

List of software applications associated to the .smk file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open smk file, edit smk file, convert smk file, view smk file, play smk file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting smk files.

  • Play smk file
  • Create smk file

smk file player - programs that play smk file - RAD Video Tools Smacker compressed video

Click on the link to get more information about The RAD Video Tools for play smk file action.

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