Chromecast is one of the best things to come out of Google’s laboratory in recent years. This is Google’s entry player in the now very popular streaming game. Apple has Apple TV, there’s Roku, and now we have Chromecast. It is a great streaming option, and a cheap one, too. Moreover, you can play both video and audio, on a TV or an audio system. The only thing you need is an Internet connection or a connection to a local network. Additionally, you can mirror your web browser or phone screen.
If you are more computer savvy and adventurous, you can find a way to stream video files on Chromecast, too. And there are several ways to do it.
Plex Media Server
By using Plex, you can stream music, videos and photos on your Chromecast, tom your PC. In order to do this, you will need to install the Plex app on your computer first. When you start it, you will need to make a free account in order to use it. Once you download the file and install it, set it up. Afterwards, you will open the Plex app in your Chrome, where you can stream the local files directly onto Chromecast.
This option requires some patience and time because of the setup process. However, you will get the full media-server experience.
Drag and drop files or desktop sharing
Now, in case you are not that familiar with technology, and if you want a simpler solution than Plex, you can try installing the Chromecast extension in your Google Chrome browser. All you have to do is drag and drop the local video files into the browser and that’s it. Your Chrome will automatically transform them into a streaming device.
Another choice is to share your desktop screen through Chromecast and watch the videos on your TV. This is a great option, since you can watch any media file you want.
Videostream for Google Chromecast is another plugin that enables streaming. It can be found in the Chrome Web store and easily installed. Moreover, you will also need the Google Cast plugin, as well. Once you download it, it will open the app. There, you will find the option to select a file to play. Clicking on this button will open your local directory, from which you can choose the video files. Choose and play. It is as simple as that.
Clearly, there are many options, from easy to a bit more demanding ones. Either way, Chromecast is a diverse streaming player, enabling anyone to use it with ease. Furthermore, all these options are possible only with an internet connection and a web browser. The needed apps and browser are all free. If this is not heaven, then what is? Google has made a great step by developing this little gadget. Not only is it small and effortless for carrying, it is a powerful tool, as well. We cannot wait to see what else they’ve got in store, and how the gadget will be developed further.