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Chromecast General Discussion Forum => Chromecast Help => Topic started by: devore1 on August 24, 2013, 06:08:52 AM
Numerous google searches turns up reviewers with comments that you can play a local .avi file just as easily as an .mp4. While the .mp4 does just fine, every time I try to play an .avi, it won't cast. Instead it plays in VLC or DIVX, just as it would without Chrome. I've tried drag n drop; ctrl-o; pasting the file address in the address bar- all with the same result.
Can anyone help? Thx
I have honestly, lost a bit of interest in CC after the original developer's exploit for playing local content went dormant, after it attracted Google attention. I was hoping to see new development, but I have not seen that yet, not that I can say, it doesn't exist. Let's keep looking.
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Hopefully Koush will release his Allcast as an app rather than a CyanogenMod only feature...
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I actually think that Google plans to include the ability to play local content for the Chromecast but they want to do it 'their' way and that's why they crippled Koush's workaround. Maybe JayJ is right and Koush will offer it as an app separate from CyanogenMOD.
Actually there is a way to play local content from your PC. Look for an upcoming guide to using your pc as a media center with Chromecast.
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Son bought a CC... nice for the price point, but like most, underwhelmed with the inability to stream local content and more apps at launch. Lot of lost opportunity when launched without streaming local content capability. Being a product manager, bit of a head-scratcher in my opinion. Hopefully they will recover. Should have let AllCast be, would have sold some units while Google figured it out.
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Chromecast is just one of several options you can consider if you are looking to stream online and local content to your TV.
Ready technologies like Miracast & DLNA make this possible today.
Windows 8.1 Team demos Miracast Technology
EZCast - Windows 8.1 Team Demos Miracast™ Technology (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_6mJ14abZ8#ws)
I use Avia to stream local media from a Sero Pro to 3 Chromeys. It's free, but to cast local media from Micro SD in the Sero, you will have to pay 2.99 to unlock this feature. Works GREAT, but you have to make sure the Mpeg4 format is formatted for Android tablet, as they want/have it setup. Not every Mpeg for is packaged the same.
The following article just aims to provide a step by step guide on how to Chromecast local video from Mac or Windows for easy play on HDTV or TV at www.idealshare.net/video-converter/chromecast-local-mkv-avi-mp4.html (http://www.idealshare.net/video-converter/chromecast-local-mkv-avi-mp4.html)
It can help to:
- Stream Charomacast unsupported local video files like MKV, AVI, MP4, Apple ProRes, MOV, FLV, VOB, DAV, MPG, MXF, AVCHD, WTV, WMV, ASF, RMVB from Windows or Mac to Chromecast
Stream Charomecast incompatible audio files like FLAC, DTS, AIFF, APE, WAV, WMA, Apple Lossless, M4A, OGG, CAF and etc from computer to Chromecast
Stream Charomecast supported video or audio from computer to Chromecast
Chromecast has limitation in the input formats. Only video containers MP4 and WebM encoded with Video codecs H.264 High Profile Level 4.1, 4.2 and 5, VP8 and audio codecs HE-AAC, LC-AAC, CELT/Opus, MP3, Vorbis are compatible with Chromecast.
In order to stream various kinds of videos and movies, no matter MP4, WebM and MKV with incompatible audio or video codecs, or AVI, FLV, WMV, MPG, MOV, OGV, WTV, etc that are natively unsupported by Chromecast, the most widely used solution is to convert them to Chromecast recognized formats (http://www.faasoft.com/articles/chromecast-mkv-avi-mp4-flv-wmv-mpg-mov.html).
Unfortunately, this happens to me too.
Also, I sometimes run into downloaded mkv formatted videos and the audio is muted when I try to cast.
In both these cases I end up converting the files to mp4. I find Freemake video Converter to be very fast and easy to use for that.
I use Plex server to stream local video in Chrome then stream via Chromecast
As it claimed, Chrome browser is a very capable video player that will have no trouble of handling various video types such as WebM, MP4, MPEG and MKV. However, as for your other video files like AVI, it's not like that you can directly cast movies played from your laptop's hard drive. What you can do is to encode videos to Chromecast (http://www.brorsoft.com/device-tips/cast-mkv-vob-avi-to-chromecast.html) compatible format like MP4 and then use the Chromecast's local playback workaround to stream the movies to Chromecast.