Outline: In this article you can learn how to stream your own media files to Chromecast (2).
What is Google Chromecast?
Google Chromecast (2) is a $35 dongle that plugs into any HDMI screen to make video playback more convenient and intelligent, is on its way to conquer the new enjoyment of TV shows, movies, music, sports, games and more on your TV.
Chromecast Supported and Unsupported Video Formats
Chromecast (2) is available to cast local files with Google Cast browser extension, but you can only cast the files compatible with Google Chromecast (2) or you may fail to get smooth playback.
The default Chromecast (2) video formats are MP4 and WebM. It also supports MPEG-DASH, Smooth Streaming, and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) video files. All other video formats are unsupported. The following information provides a brief introduction of supported and unsupported formats.
Standard supported Chromecast(2) video formats include:
MP4- MPEG 4 or MP4 video files uses the standard .mp4 extension. It is most commonly used to store video and audio files.
WebM – An open video format for the web that allows everyone to stream video and audio codecs.
Some unsupported video formats include:
AVI – AVI (Audio Video Interleave), the most common format for audio/video data on the PC, is a multimedia container format with video and audio.
MKV – The Matroska Multimedia Container holds video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file.
FLV – Flash video formats are video files that are streamed over the Internet using the Adobe Flash Player.
MOV – MOV is a multimedia file format that contains one and more tracks of data, such as audio, video or text.
VOB – VOB (Video object) files are DVD-Video file formats that contain digital video audio, audio, and subtitles relevant to DVDs.
3G2 – This is video container file for audio, video, and text that is an extension of MP4.
How to Stream incompatible file types to Chromecast 2 from PC/Mac?
Since Chromecast (2) only supports few video formats, it is recommended that you get a video streaming application that allows you to stream unsupported formats. If you want to play your own media files to Chromecast (2), you need a video converter to convert Chromecast unsupported file formats to Chromecast supported formats like MP4 and WebM firstly.
When it comes to DVD converter, Pavtube video converter ultimate is second to none. It has a ready-made output profile for Chromecast, thus you can directly convert your unsupported local files to Chromecast (2) without complicated settings. It is available to stream videos to Chromecast (2) on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10, etc. (Read Windows version review)
For Mac user, the Mac version iMedia Video Converter which supports Mac OS X 10.6 or later, including Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite has the same function as the Windows version.
Free download and install
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter-Ultimate/3000-2194_4-75938564.html
Steps for converting:(Take Windows version as an example)
After downloading and installing the Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate on your PC, you can launch it and click "Add file" button to load the videos you want to play with Chromecast (2). Choose "Chromecast MP4 Video (H.264)" as the output by clicking “Format” drop-down list. Then Click "Browse" to choose a destination folder to store the converted video content. Then tap on "RUN" button to begin converting chromecast (2) unsupported video formats.
How to Mirror converted Movies to TV with Chromecast
1. Chromecast Video from Smartphones and Tablets to TV
a.To cast videos to Chromecast 2 from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, the Chromecast app is essential. Namely, first of all, you have to find and download this app and have it installed on your Anroid or iOS devices.
b.Then just launch the Chromecast app on your device and click Cast Screen button.
c.Play the videos you would like to see on your devices, then you can get videos play in full screen.
2. Chromecast Video from Computer to TV
a. You are also allowed to cast videos to Chromecast 2 through the Chrome brower. Which means you have to install the Google Cast extension for the Chrome browser on your PC or Mac.
b. After downloaded and installed the Chromecast app, drag and drop the video you want to wactch into the Chrome browser.
c. Press the Cast button in the Chrome toolbar of your browser. Once the video is played in Chrome browser, you can send it to TV through Chromecast 2 using the Google cast extension.
3.Chromecast Video from Web to TV
a.You can use a smartphone or tablet to watch or listen to content from several sources, including Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, HBO Go, Google Music, Vevo, Plex, Hulu Plus, and Google Movies & TV.
b.In each of those apps, you simply press the “Cast” icon and select your Chromecast 2, and the video gets sent to your TV.