How to Play Local Video Files with a Chromecast?

Chromecast is nothing but a small digital media player designed and developed by Google Company. It is used to stream the videos from Netflix, YouTube, and other online websites. This device is used to play the audio and video on television or any other audio system by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi or internet. As VLC media player hasn’t received its long promised Chromecast support, but there various solutions and you can use them to stream the videos. The only thing you have to do is install Google Cast extension.

How to install and use video stream for Google Chromecast?

After the launching of Google Chromecast most of the people got attracted with its features. It is nothing but a chrome application and if you want playlist support you have to pay 0.99 U.S dollars. You can install this Google Chromecast from the Chrome Web Store. After installing it you can pick a video file on your computer and select the Chromecast for which video you want to stream. Now your Chromecast will stream your selected video from your computer without any graphical issues and stuttering that occurs by using tab-casting feature. Videostream has the capability to support any media file, where MP4 is the most effective video file format supported by Google Chromecast. Videostream also converts or transcode the file automatically as it streams it to your Chromecast.

How to set Plex Media Server?

The Plex Media Server has an integrated Chromecast support where Plex is nothing but most popular media server solution. You have to install Plex on your computer. After installing you can access it from all the other devices. Plex has application for various devices. I.e. from mobile phones, and video consoles to the Apple TV. If you have already installed Chromecast then open the Plex web app in your Chrome and now you are able to cast videos and other media files directly to your Chromecast. Now your Chromecast will stream the media from your Plex media server. If you want to watch only few videos, you can use videostream. If you want to setup home media server the Plex will work for you very effectively.

Why the Browser tab or full desktop streaming is not recommended?

If you are using Google Cast extension for Chrome then it support following feature like drag and drop a video file. Like dragging an MP4 video file into the Chrome browser window and Chrome can play that video file back in a tab. Now for this feature go to the Google Cast extension icon then select your Chromecast. Now you can Chromecast the current tab. You can also play the videos in various applications on your desktop. Such as VLC player, etc. For this click the Google Cast icon in Chrome, click the icon which is next to the Chromecast and select Cast Entire Desktop option. Now make the video full screen and it will stream your Chromecast. If your stream the video in this way, they won’t be smooth and crisp. So it is recommended not to use these methods.

Chromecast doesn’t provide any way to plug in a USB drive and paly the local files. So you are stuck with the streaming of videos over the internet. So in this case Plex and Videostream take advantage. They will set on your computer and provides media server from where the Chromecast streams the video. So that’s why it is much more efficient than tab and desktop streaming, which requires your computer to encode a video, record the screen, and stream it to your device.