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Local Media Playback for ChromeCast

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Published on Aug 6, 2013

I've written an app that allows you to stream media files on your computer to a ChromeCast device. You do not need use the Chrome browser and you do not need to install a web server.

Simply drag-and-drop a media file onto the app and it will start playing on your ChromeCast device. There is also support for play, pause and stop operations.

The benefits of this is that the video is streamed directly from your computer to your ChromeCast device. The video does not get transcoded like it would if you played if from inside your Chrome browser.

Since it is streaming directly, the CPU of your computer is hardly impacted. With the ChromeCast extension you need a very good computer to get the video to look good. So my solution will work on older, lower powered computers too.

My solution is also not based on the official Google Cast SDK which only supports Android, iOS and Chrome. My app is written in Java and can be run on any platform with a Java interpreter (Windows, OSX, Linux, etc). Just install the Java Runtime: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/jav...

The code for the app has been open sourced: https://github.com/entertailion/Fling

For VLC transcoding, you can customize the parameters by pressing the settings button in the app. Here is the documentation for the parameters: VLC transcoding parameters

If you run into a issue, open a command prompt in the directory with the fling.jar file and enter this command: java -jar fling.jar
You should then see debug output which you can email me: admin at entertailion.com

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