How to cast DVDs and local files through Chromecast

Chromecast the little TV dongle can do a lot more than just stream movies from Netflix and YouTube or view webpages on the big screen, it can also cast local files with the Google cast browser extension, it might be rarely known that Google chrome the web browser is also a very capable video player, by open a new tab and drag the movie file to the address bar, chrome the browser will have no trouble of handling various video types.

As for your DVD collection, it’s not like that you can directly cast movies played from the laptop’s DVD drive, what you can do is to rip the DVD to digital local movie files and use the Chromecast’s local playback workaround to stream the movies to Chromecast.

This is how to cast DVD movies to Chromecast.

blu-ray-main-interface

Download DVD ripper, the software is very capable and convenient in converting your entire DVD collection to digital format. After download is completed, proceed to install and start the software.

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Now insert movie disc into the DVD-ROM, on the software, click “load DVD” button. It doesn’t necessarily to be a DVD optical media, it can also be an ISO/IFO files to convert to playable digital file format.

Set the output video format as mp4, and, if you like to tweak a little, in the settings, you are allowed to change the frame rate, resolution, bitrate and other specifications of the videos, if the tech terms look taunting to you, proceed to the next step.

blu-ray-to-video

Before conversion, you may want to trim the unnecessary parts from the movie.

Click “start” to rip DVD movie to mp4. After the conversion, try open a new tab in chrome and drag a converted mp4 movie to the address bar, and use Google cast to send the movie to Chromecast.

With the DVD successfully ripped into video files, this is 5 ways to stream local videos to Chromecast

The chrome browser tab

Stream local media files – photos, videos and audios through a chrome browser tab, the desktop version of chrome is integrated with media playback capability, play the local video with Chromecast browser and stream the video to your Chromecast enabled TV with the Google cast chrome extension.

Share PC’s screen to Chromecast

This essentially turns the Chromecast attached TV into a remote display for the PC.

Use the chrome browser extension – video stream

Use the Android app – LocalCast

Localcast also named media 2 Chromecast is free app that streaming local media files to Chromecast, in addition to local video, the app is also capable of streaming media content saved/served in Google drives, local Network attached storage device and local DLNA servers.

Use Android mirroring – you can directly mirror your Android screen to a Chromecast enabled TV.

 

Frequently asked questions

What is the best format for local viewing with Chromecast?

Well it’s really down to personal preference, to Chromecast a local movie, you will need to use the chrome browser as the media player. This is the file format supported by chrome: 3gp, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav. Among which mp4 is a really good file format for watching, it kept the file size down without compromising in video quality.

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One Comment

  1. Tom
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    You Failed to mention the CORRECT OUTPUT PROFILE that is
    “CHROMECAST COMPATABLE”!!! It’s not just any
    MP4 format.

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