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How to stream videos from VLC Chromecast

How to stream videos from VLC Chromecast

The VLC developer team has been trying since February 2015 to provide a stable support in this media player towards Chromecast and now it is finally here. However, older versions acted unstable/non-compatible to the VLC Chromecast but the latest versions are taking this like a Pro.

Still, only a few nightly builds of VLC 3.0 are effectively supporting this facility. The problem with these nightly builds is that they offer way too many bugs while in use. But, the fact that you can simply Chromecast your media player sounds better than the problem itself.

Things you need to do to enable VLC Chromecast

Before enabling VLC Chromecast, you must download its nightly builds first for 32 or 64 bits (Windows users only) as per your requirements. This is important to avoid messing up with any stable version of VLC installed on the same computer. So get handy on the portable versions for your own good.

Note 1

Any other operating system is non-supportive to these VLC nightly builds except the Windows. So users running Windows only can enjoy this facility. Also, avoid playing AVI files as these simply don’t run better in the Chromecast mode. Instead, use MP4 or MKV files in any resolution you want.

Once you have successfully downloaded and installed a compatible version of VLC on your computer, you can finally move towards enjoying VLC Chromecast.

Note 2

VLC itself says not to trust any of these nightly builds for support towards Chromecast (these might not work at all even). So install them at your own risk.

Steps to Enable VLC Chromecast

Step1: Make sure that your system and the Chromecast are running on the same network (after switching on the Chromecast).

Step2: Go to Video option in the player (at the top), select Render and choose Scan. It will scan all the nearby devices.

Step3: After the scanning is done, go to Video>Renderer>The Chromecast where you want to cast the video. This will establish a connection between the media player and your Chromecast.

Step4: Now select the file you want to play (MP4 or MKV). You can simply drag and drop the file into the player.

Step5: In case there is an Insecure Site prompt displayed after playing the file, click View certificate and click Accept permanently to permit it to finally play the video through the VLC Chromecast.

That’s it. You now have successfully casted video to your Chromecast. You can simply use the controls of your VLC player to adjust video on your Chromecast.

The lesser Complicated way

Step1: Right click anywhere on the VLC window, go to Tools and choose Render output from the context menu or simply press Ctrl + Shift + R using keyboard.

Step2: the Renderer Output Window would pop-up which will show all the available Chromecast devices.

Step3: Choose the Chromecast (from the list) where you want to cast the video from VLC and click OK.

You are finally ready to go.

So these were the methods through which you can enable VLC Chromecast but in the process it must be noted that these VLC nightly builds are too buggy, so you should use VLC’s stable versions supporting Chromecast facility unless bugs don’t bother you much. In the other case, you simply can use any of the supported nightly builds you want.

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