Stream videos from VLC to Chromecast

To wirelessly stream any video from your computer to your TV, all you need is a Chromecast and VLC. The popular media player works perfectly with the Google streaming device, supports many video formats and is usually easy to set up.


Here’s how to quickly and easily cast videos from VLC app to Chromecast.


Time to prepare

If you want to stream video from the VLC Media Player to your TV via a Chromecast, make sure you have the following:

  • Google Chromecast.
  • Strong signal/proximity to your wireless router.
  • VLC 3.0: This comes in 64-bit and 32-bit versions for Windows, as well as other platforms. The steps described here have been tested on Windows 10 64-bit.

Simply download and install the version of VLC that matches your PC’s architecture. You also need to make sure that your Chromecast is connected to your TV and turned on. If you’re having trouble, check out our Chromecast beginner’s guide for tips and tricks.

To download: VLC Media Player 3.0

Connect VLC to your Chromecast

Once you are sure that the Chromecast is set up correctly, open VLC Media Player on your PC.

Open now Play > Renderer > Scan.

This will begin the search for the Chromecast on the network. Wait a few moments and open the menu again, this time with the option Chromecast choice.

You are now ready to start streaming to Chromecast, so open a video file to watch in VLC. To use Open media and file to find the desired video. You can also drag a video file from an open Windows Explorer window to the VLC Media Player window.

Because you’re playing on a network device, you’ll see an Insecure Site warning. This is all right: click View certificatethen Permanently accept to add the certificate to your PC.

Some formats play right away; others will require conversion. Common formats should be fine, but if you’re using something unusual or old-fashioned, like the Microsoft WMV format, you’ll see a message like this:

Click Okay if you want to continue with the video, and Okay, don’t warn me anymore if you want VLC to convert your files anyway. It may not be a good idea to use this feature on a laptop that runs on battery. Likewise, older or slower computers cannot convert the media fast enough, resulting in lag in streaming.

Connection and performance issues from VLC to Chromecast

In some cases, you can get into trouble. There are a number of solutions that you can try here.

  1. Are you using a PC-based VPN? If this is the case, trying to check for the Chromecast probably won’t work. Disable the VPN on your PC before trying to connect (for best results, set up your router with your preferred VPN server).
  2. Make sure your Chromecast and your computer are both on the same network.
  3. Check if VLC is updated to the latest version. Open the app and click Help > Check for Updates. Install all available.

Meanwhile, some performance issues can strike. You can overcome this by changing the conversion quality to Tools > Preferences. Click Allthen find Power outputand expand south streamSelecting Chromecast. (You can also enter chromecast in the search box in the top left corner of the window.)

Find the Conversion quality drop-down menu and select an option to improve conversion and streaming. The choices range from Low CPU (low quality but high bandwidth) until High (high quality and high bandwidth). Default is Medium.

Make your choice and then click Save and check the flow. You may need to stop and reload the video to see the change.

If the video stops and starts constantly, it could be a problem with the Wi-Fi connection to the Chromecast. Our guide to preventing Chromecast buffering should help.

Play videos from VLC on your TV

All you need to do now is click Playand the video should be streamed to your TV. The Chromecast is capable of HD streaming, so you should be able to enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows, smartphone videos and maybe even video game streams in high definition.

If you need to control the video, use the VLC window on your computer to pause, fast forward/rewind, adjust the volume, etc. Any changes you make to the video in VLC will be reflected on your TV . Keep in mind that the video you are streaming will not appear on your PC desktop by default.

You can also play multiple videos in succession without selecting them in turn. Instead of choosing Open File, click Media > Open Multiple Files. Click on the Add buttonnavigate to each video you want to play and add them to the list.

Now click on the Play button or click the drop-down arrow and click queue. The queue option loads the videos in turn. There may be a short break between each break, but this could be better if you have a weak Wi-Fi signal.

Future streaming can be reached by going to Play > Renderer > Chromecast — now that the certificate has been accepted, the process is more streamlined.

Troubleshooting – Audio but no video

Hearing but not being able to see the video is a common problem when streaming from VLC to Chromecast, especially on Windows. To solve this problem, try changing the video output to OpenGL.

  1. In VLC, click Tools > Preferences.
  2. Click on the Video Section Tab and look for the Output option. It should be set to Automatic by default.
  3. Click the drop-down menu and select OpenGL video output or OpenGL video output for Windows.
  4. Click Saveclose and restart VLC and try again to play the video on Chromecast.

If that doesn’t help, try disabling Hardware Accelerated Decoding. You do this in Tools > Preferences > Input/Codecs. Change the setting of automatically until Handicapped.

Does not work? Try Google Chrome!

While the above method should absolutely work fine, it may not work for you personally. If this is the case, but you still want to stream video from your PC via VLC and watch it on your TV using Chromecast, you’ll be happy to hear there’s another option.

It is also possible to stream video from VLC to your TV via the Google Chrome browser. Make sure VLC is loaded and then find the Form button in your browser window (next to the address bar). Click on this, then Cast to > Cast Desktop. Once you’ve done this, click play in VLC, maximize the window and enjoy the video stream on your TV.

You will find superior video quality when streaming directly from VLC, but Google Chrome is a good alternative if all else fails.

It’s simple, but consider alternatives

Really, that’s all. To conclude:

  • Make sure your Windows PC and Chromecast are on the same network.
  • Install the latest version of VLC Media Player.
  • Open Playback > Renderer > Scan.
  • wait, open then Play > Renderer > Chromecast.
  • Accept the certificate, click Playand enjoy!

Of course, there are other ways to stream content from your Windows computer to your TV. Miracast, which uses a similar wireless HDMI dongle, is arguably the strongest alternative. Our Miracast vs Chromecast comparison should help here. However, a Steam Link game streaming device can also stream video and sound from your PC to your TV.

Stream from VLC to your TV with Chromecast

By connecting VLC to your Chromecast, you can easily stream virtually any video on your PC to your TV. It doesn’t matter if it’s your favorite movie, a video tutorial or the footage from your last vacation. Why watch them on your computer screen when you can watch them on your bigger screens?

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