VLC is a famous media player around the globe used for watching movies and TV shows and it is also one of the best for online streaming. But did you know that you can use VLC with Chromecast as well? This article is all you need to know about How to Use VLC With Chromecast.
Versions of VLC Player
VLC is originally called Video Lan Client and is up for around 24 years as the first version was launched in 1996. Since then, it is somehow in continuous update progress with three versions being released as Verison 1.0, version 2.0 and version 3.0. Details of each version are mentioned below.
VLC Version 1.0
Version 1.0 was launched around 2009 when the company finally left its beta program after more than a decade of work. Version 1.0 was pretty impressive in its time providing amazing features like Instantaneous pausing, Finer playback speed control, On the fly zip file decompression and browsing (in later updates), New and fixed audio and video decoders and much more.
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VLC Version 2.0
The version 2.0 was released in 2012, bringing new features and a better appearance to the application. The VLC player has been one of my favorites since the start but the VLC version 2.0 still looks fairly pedestrian in terms of design, the underlying technology has gone through numerous upgrades and updates to become the platform it is today.
The main features included Support for 10bits codecs, WMV image, and some other codecs, rewritten support for images, including jpeg, png, xcf, BMP, new dynamic range compressor, and karaoke filters, shader support in the OpenGL output, for colorspace conversion, including 10bits and much more.
VLC Version 3.0
The latest update was version 3.0 that allows for several new features that will make plenty of users excited. This update was launched in 2018 but was in development since 2016. This update brings a lot of exciting features like VLC 3.0 launched, bringing support for HDR10, HD audio passthrough, 360 video support, local network support, and so much more.
One of the most noticeable features among others is that it comes with Chromecast support which means that it allows for full support of any Cast-enabled device. This is really a great update because not only you can use Chromecast plugged into your television, but also any Chromecast Audio devices, and your Google Home, Home Mini, or Home Max units.
But in order to use VLC with Chromecast, you need to update your current VLC media player. In the coming section all details all given with which you can update your VLC player and you can easily Use VLC with Chromecast.
Updating VLC to 3.0
In order to Use VLC with Chromecast, you will first need to fulfill the system requirements. That is, you have to use it with either Windows or Android. It does work with Mac but it is not that stable as compared to Windows. We assume that you have the compatible platform so we will proceed with the rest of the tutorial.
This tutorial is made using the Windows platform, and logically you should keep VLC up to date. If you have not kept your player up to date, go to its official page here, and download the VLC 3.0. Download the installation file will overwrite your 2.0 installation of VLC and is the fastest way to automatically gain access to VLC 3.0.
Or if you don’t want to download the new file you can also update the current file. You can do it by selecting the Help menu from the taskbar, and use the Check for Update feature within VLC.
First, you have to find the cast option in your VLC player in order to Use VLC with Chromecast. You won’t see any special button or icon in VLC for this purpose. Instead, you’ll want to head up to the menu at the top of VLC and drop-down “Playback. If nothing is currently playing, you will find almost all of these options grayed out.
I assume, you are streaming for the first time with VLC, so you will only see the option of local. One thing to notice, that you need to play VLC as an administrator at the start and allow your Windows firewall for access. If you have not already done that, once you click on “Local”, Windows Firewall will activate, asking permission to allow VLC to use your network.
Reopening the Renderer menu will see all Cast-enabled devices on your network appear, assuming that your computer can see the devices.
Once you have the VLC 3.0 in your system, its time to stream your favorite content. In this tutorial, we will be using Google Home and Chromecast Audio device to cast audio. The VLC works with both the video and audio almost the same.
From the Renderer menu, select the Casting option you want to connect to. Note that the names of your devices, as set in the Google Home application on your phone or within Chrome, will appear here.
Once you have connected your device, drag an audio or a video file in to the VLC and you will hear the short “connected” jingle playback to alert you that your device is connected if you are using audio file.
In case you are using video-based chromecast, you will you’ll see your television connect to your network to begin streaming. The playback control are entertained through your device so it is better to keep your laptop near you.
As many of you know that VLC supports most of the available video formats, and it also has ability to live convert the video formats that it doesn’t support. If you try to play a video that is not supported by VLC, it will pop a message of asking for permission of conversion.
In our test, we used all three formats that you will probably run on your Chromecast and those are Video, Audio and Network streams.
The video experience mostly depends on the video format that you are using. If the videos you are watching are in formats that are supported by VLC like MP4 and other popular formats, you will have an amazing experience.
But when it comes to videos that were not supported by VLC, the video playback was choppy and dropped at times, which will lead you to occasionally restart the stream.
The audio was perfectly streaming. No glitch or sloppy sound was observed. Skipping tracks, scrubbing through songs, and adding music to your queue were all working at its best.
Unfortunately, we were unable to run video-based network streams but we did try the audio-based network streams and it worked flawlessly. As most of the network streams likely have Chromecast support through official channels, like YouTube or Twitch.
Problems in Streaming
If you want to Use VLC with Chromecast, you will face certain problems while streaming the content especially the video, and some of which (along with solutions) are mentioned here. In order to avoid any unpleasing event, follow the below guide.
- First of all, make sure that the version of your Windows and the VLC matches. Like if you are using the 64 bit Windows, you must also use the 64-bit version of VLC, and the same is the case for 32 bit.
- As already discussed, certain video types have difficulty streaming casting from VLC to your Chromecast devices. you can, try playing back files that are native to Chromecast to avoid this issue.
- Another thing to avoid the video format conflict is to clear your system preferences within VLC after updating to VLC 3.0. You can do it by navigating to Tools, and then preferences and click reset preferences.
In this tutorial about How to Use VLC with Chromecast, everything was explained from the grass root level. Just follow the mentioned steps, and you will be able to Use VLC with Chromecast to enjoy your Movies and Songs.
One thing more, that the VLC support for Chromecast is in its beta version so you might experience some glitches at times. It will all resolve with the next update of VLC (hopefully).