One of the most used media players for both Windows and Mac is VLCso it is normal that we want to transmit to chrome cast taking advantage of all the advantages that the program provides us. Why is it so popular? Because it allows us to play almost all video and audio formats, without the need to install additional codecs.
In addition, we must add how light it is, with a simple but attractive interface, many interesting functions for various cases and this great possibility of using VLC to transmit to Chromecast, to our television. Therefore, we are going to see a detailed guide so that everything is more than clear.
Considerations before starting
- If we use a VPN, it is best to deactivate it; Otherwise, Chromecast may not work properly.
- It is important to make sure that Chromecast and the computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, if not, it will not work.
- Something fundamental is that the software is updated to the latest version. If we have to find out what version we have installed, in Windows we are going to click on “Help” in the upper menu bar and then we go to “About”. In the case of Mac, we will click on VLC in the menu bar on the right side of the Apple logo and look for the option “About VLC Media Player”. If we have a version prior to 3.0, we must update; Likewise, we recommend keeping it always updated.
It is always important to keep our computer software updated; this is for functionality, optimization and security reasons. In the case of VLC Player we can download the latest version from its official Web.
How to stream VLC from Windows to Chromecast
In order to start streaming VLC from Windows to Chromecast, we are going to have to open the application from our desktop. If we do not have the direct access, we can press “Start” and type “VLC”, as long as we already have it installed on the computer.
Then we are going to have to click on Playback in the top menu bar. We will move the mouse pointer over “Processor” and a new menu will open, just below “Local” we should be able to see “Chromecast”; although sometimes the name may vary.
In case our Chromecast device does not appear in the list, we will have to click on “Scan” and wait a few seconds, then we will go to Playback> Processor. If we don’t see it here, your computer and Chromecast may not be on the same network.
Now we will have to open a video or audio file. If by chance we see a window that says “Site not secure”. We are only going to have to click on “View certificate” and then on “Accept permanently”.
In case we see a performance warning window, we will have to choose “OK, do not warn me again”. Although if we are using a laptop, it will drain the battery much faster, it would be better to connect it to electricity.
Cast VLC content from a Mac to Chromecast
First we will open the VLC application, we will find it in the applications folder. Then we will click on Playback in the Apple menu bar. This is at the top of the screen. If we cannot see “Playback” we will have to make sure that the application is actually open.
Next, we will have to hover the mouse pointer over “Processor” and select our Chromecast device from the list. If it does not appear in the list, it is because the two devices are not connected to the same network.
Now we are going to proceed to open an audio or video file and it will automatically play on the television.