Chromecast Review

Chromecast Review Quick Demo Playing A Movie From Your Local Drive

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23rd of February 2017

Chromecast is all the buzz right now. I was going to buy one regardless for one Specific purpose.

So I can cast videos right from my browser straight  to my big screen tv.

I found this very helpful because I can sit down on my comfy sofa and watch training videos that I would usually would have to sit on my desktop to watch.

I would have to watch them on a small screen, my iPad, or laptop.   Not Anymore!!!

As you can see in the video I made below that shows you exactly how it is all possible to do this for the fraction of the price of any other product.



Watch This Video
See What This Chromecast Dongle
Can Really do!

A couple of things that I mentioned in the video is the settings for your Google Cast chromecast extension, if you set that up first you will have no streaming issues at all.
You can follow the image below

Here are the simple Steps to follow

  • Turn on Auto-resizing - This will make it go full screen on your TV regardless on how it looks on your computer screen.
  • Tab Projection quality -Set it to high - Do not use extreme because since it's over wifi you might have issue with out of sync audio. Setting it to high is more than enough to watch quality videos. 
  • Fullscreen zoom - Set it enabled if you don't want the black bars around the move or disable it I'll leave this to what your preference is. 

 

Best Google Cast Settings

 

As of right now Chromecast is only supporting certain video encodings. I usually encode all my videos under h.264 MP4 this will work with no issue on Chromecast. 

If you are using Mkv files they must be formatted using AAC audio if not they will not play and you will get a blank screen. 
Here is where you can find Chromecast Supported media types 

As of right now I am pretty impressed in this little device it has some nice potential and for $35 bucks you really can't go wrong. 

Since this is a marketing blog, one the main reasons I am even mentioning this is because we are all slaves to our computer, our smart tablets or our laptops. 

This can be a very comfortable and inexpensive way to watch video training on our TV while being comfortable on your sofa.

Update: It seems the Google Cast extension has been updated with the ability to share your entire computer screen. Casting your entire screen was a pain before they added it to the extension.  

To Enable Cast entire screen option you would have to click on the small down arrow inside the Google Cast extension. It clearly states as of right now it's still experimental. 

Chromecast your entire screen

Now you can cast your entire screen to your TV but there are some caveats.

It has a delay between your actions

The sound still comes from your computer

Video can't be played reliably using entire screen share - Use the tab sharing for videos which runs very smooth.

To be fair this only has a few days being rolled out in an experimental form.
I'm sure Google will get it way better shortly.

Screencast on TV's

 

One last thing if you run multiple monitors on your desktop like I do. You will have to disable all monitors except for one screen for it to cast the  entire screen. Since this is still in experimental stage my hopes is that they will be able to recognize which screen you are enabling it to share. But for now this is the only I know how to get this to work. 

Final thoughts I am still glad I purchased  a chromecast and I'm most likely to purchase another in the near future. 

P.S. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a pretty funny movie

P.P.S. Leave A Comment Below I would love to hear from you. Tell me what you think about Google's Chromecast. (Don't Forget to Share)

 

5 Comments

  • eran

    Reply Reply January 17, 2014

    hello,
    when i try do so, the video is downloading in chrome and not played like u shown.
    i installed vlc, checked the vlc plugging as well and still the same.
    installed codacks and its still not working.

    please help

    • Mario Soto

      Reply Reply January 18, 2014

      Some videos won’t play on chrome because of the format. Videos that are mp4 and .h264 work with no issue. Another thing that I have been doing is using Plex It’s amazing free software for your computer that works with chromecast very well. You can watch any video from your pc at anytime. 🙂

  • Tedd

    Reply Reply January 13, 2014

    Do you have a video that explains how to convert movies or one you recommend for a newby?

    • Mario Soto

      Reply Reply January 14, 2014

      Right now I don’t but I have been using format factory it’s real easy to use and it converts very well. You can get it format factory here. Best of all it’s free and it works better than some paid programs.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply December 21, 2013

    Hello Mario,

    Helpful video – thank you. It spurred me to read some of the reviews on the Chrome Web Store. As I am in the UK I shall wait a bit longer before I take the plunge partly to wait and see how this develops and partly to give me time to work out how I can get to access my wide screen TV and wrestle the remote away from the wife!!

    Regards

    Steve

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