Files that contain the SMIL extension are associated with multimedia presentations that are created using a language similar to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). The language is commonly referred to as Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) and is used to author interactive audiovisual presentations using a text editing program.
SMIL files contain data related to video and audio in addition to images, text, and other information related to a rich media or multimedia presentation. The files can also contain data associated with the presentation layout and timeline.
The SMIL format is related to the Real Networks streaming audio and video file format. SMIL files can be used with Nokia cell phones and can be created using the Nokia messaging application software.
How to Open SMIL Files
Although SMIL files can be opened with Nokia cell phone software, they can also be supported by a number of different operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. SMIL file extensions utilize the Real Alternative codec and can be opened using a variety of multimedia applications.
If you use Windows, you can open SMIL files with ACDSee Photo Manager 14, Apple QuickTime Player, SMOX Pad or Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you want to view the file contents, you can open SMIL files using WordPad or Notepad. Just right click on the needed file and choose Open With from the drop-down menu. Choose the text editing program from the submenu or click on Browse to locate the program to use. Click on the application to open the SMIL file.
For Mac OS X, you can open SMIL files using Apple QuickTime Player. If you want to view the file contents, you can use Apple Text Edit to view the SMIL language.
If you use the Linux operating system, you can open SMIL files using Ambulant Player. To view the contents of an SMIL file, you can use gEdit, which is an open source text editing program.
If you are looking for a multiplatform application to open SMIL files, you can use Ambulant Player, which is an open source media player for SMIL 3.0. Ambulant Player is provided in two different formats which include an open source distribution that can be implemented on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and in the form of a set of convenience installers which have been pre-built to accommodate a variety of different platforms.
Another multiplatform application is RealNetworks RealPlayer, which works with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.