How to use your Chromecast with VLC

With VLC 3.0, videos can be displayed on your TV using Google’s small media box. The operation is very simple.
The new version 3.0 of the famous multimedia player has a new feature that allows you to stream videos on a Chromecast, the small box of Google that connects to a TV. The following steps are valid with the standard or Ultra version of the device and relate to the Windows version of VLC.

Verify that Chromecast is operational
If you’re not sure whether to activate your Chromecast, just start the Google Home app on your Android smartphone and tap the “devices” icon at the top right. The Chromecast should appear. Alternatively, use the YouTube app and tap the rectangle-shaped broadcast icon at the top next to the name.

How to Stream your video with VLC

Launch VLC 3.0 on your PC or double-click in the file explorer on a video associated with VLC. To open a video from the media player, click the Media menu at the top of the screen, and then click Open File. You can check that the video is playing correctly on the computer.

To start casting on Chromecast, click the Play menu, and then Render in the feature list. Select Chromecast from the list of available devices.

The operation is similar under macOS but you have to choose Renderer in the Reading menu.

For Chromecast to be available, the PC needs to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The fluidity of the broadcast will depend on the video’s characteristics, the power of the computer, and the speed of the Wi-Fi network. Indeed, it is the PC that acts as a streaming server and may even be required to convert the video before broadcasting. We recommend having a machine with a dedicated graphics circuit for best results.

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