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Google Chromecast is a premium streaming device used to establish connectivity with your Television. VLC has added support for Chromecast. With VLC, you can stream media files directly from the VLC media player on your PC to your Chromecast.
You should note that this feature is unstable. We have been hearing conflicting reports from various quarters. The feature works for few people but it doesn’t work for others. You can try to work with the feature. However, the feature is in early stages of development.
The ability to stream from VLC to Chromecast is available in the latest unstable nightly build of VLC 3.0. Moreover, the feature is currently available only in the Windows version of VLC. It is not possible to make use of the Mac, Linux or Android versions of VLC.
To work with the feature, you need to download and install the latest nightly build of VLC available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. You need to download the executable file and proceed with the installation.
After you have downloaded and installed the VLC, you need to make sure that Chromecast is activated. You need to connect the Chromecast to the HDMI port of your TV and turn on the Television. You need to locate the Chromecast by navigating to Video | Render | Scan. VLC will now scan for al the devices located near your Television. You need to select Video | Renderer | Your Chromecast. The VLC player will be connected to Chromecast.
You can now open a video file in VLC and select the Play button. You can either use the Media | Open File menu or drag and drop the video from your file manager to the VLC window. You should note that VLC has got better and provides support for drag and drop.
If you attempt to play the video, you will view an Insecure site promptly. Select View Certificate option to view the security certificate of your Google Chromecast device. Select Accept Permanently option to accept your Chromecast certificate. After you agree, the relevant video file will be played. You will be able to view the video on your Television being played directly from the VLC player.
You can make use of the controls in the VLC window to play, pause, fast forward, rewind and other playback related activities. Going forward, you can make use of the Video | Render menu to scan and establish connectivity. You will be able to play video files without accepting the certificate prompt.
VLC is an open source cross-platform player, which is compatible with several file formats including DVDs, Audio CDs, and VCDs. The VLC player makes use of several streaming protocols. You can run VLC on all versions of Windows from Windows XP SP3, Windows 95, Windows 98 to Windows 10. The VLC player will be able to play all files, discs, webcams, devices and streaming videos. You will not find any spyware, advertisements and user tracking.
VLC provides hardware decoding on all platforms with support for 0-copy on the GPU. It can fallback on software whenever you require. VLC includes compatibility with all videos, subtitle synchronization including audio filters.