VLC’s developers have been working on Chromecast support for some time, and it’s finally available in version 3.0. That means today, and you can stream video and audio files out of VLC media player in your PC to your Chromecast connected to your TV.
Notice: although this feature is in the stable version of VLC, it may be finicky. Some people today report it works perfectly for them, while others report it does not and has problems with particular sorts of media documents. Your expertise may vary, but it’s well worth trying to see whether it works for you–and it will only get better as time passes.
What You Will Need
You’ll need up-to-date version of VLC on Windows PC or Mac to continue
Oh, and of course you’re going to want a Chromecast apparatus, or an Android TV device like the NVIDIA SHIELD (because they could accept Chromecast-standard streams( also ), or even a television that uses Android TV as its software (like any of Sony’s newer TVs). The PC or Mac you are using to flow has to be on the exact regional network as the Chromecast device, wireless or wired.
How to Cast Video From VLC to Chromecast
When you’ve downloaded and installed the right version of VLC, you can get started. First, make sure your Chromecast and your television are around.
You won’t find a “Cast” icon at VLC–at least, not at the moment. To locate your Chromecast, you’ll have to click Playback > Renderer > Scan. If your Chromecast currently appears in the menu, then click on it in the list.
Open a movie file in VLC and click on the”Perform” button. Utilize the Media > Open File menu or just drag and drop a video file in the file manager on the VLC window.
After you attempt to play the video, you will see an “Insecure site” prompt. Click “View certificate” to view your Chromecast’s safety certificate.
The video file should immediately start playing on your Chromecast after you consent, together with your Chromecast streaming the file in the VLC player onto your computer. Use the controls from the VLC window to pause, fast forward, rewind, and otherwise control playback.
After you try streaming in the future, you’ll just have to use this Playback > Display menu to scan and then connect. Afterward, you can play video files without accepting the certificate immediate again.
Again, this feature is still in evolution. When I tested it in my PC and SHIELD, the movie was playing with a lot of missed frames and sound de-synced by on a second. In the time of writing, virtually any other way to play video could be better, by way of example, loading up local media up on a flash drive and then playing it back via an intelligent TV or set-top box.
Help, It Didn’t Work!
Are you having issues? This feature might only need some additional time at the oven. If this VLC attribute doesn’t work well for you right now, try out another way to watch local video files on your Chromecast.
Specifically, there is an easy way to stream your computer’s desktop video to a Chromecast utilizing Google Chrome’s built-in casting instrument. To start open Chrome to some other website, then click the Chromecast icon, or click the Menu button and click “cast.”
Select the drop-down menu alongside “Cast to,” then alter the origin from the Chrome tab to “Cast Desktop.”
Once Chromecast is broadcasting the whole screen, simply open VLC and play with your video in fullscreen. Be aware that, since Chromecast’s video streaming protocol is centered on speed instead of quality, the video quality will be much lower than at the measures above.
If you want to downgrade back to a secure version of VLC, see VLC’s homepage, download the current stable construct, then install it.