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LocalCast or Solid Explorer's built in casting option. I quite sure there are dozens of other apps that can also do this.
We have three chromecasts in our house. Two originals and one of the updated version. They've always worked perfectly for us and they're all on WiFi. The screen mirroring of course has some latency to it but when playing a video it's fine. Also screen mirroring is really the worst way to play stuff anyway. If you wanna play local content, I really suggest Localcast.
They actually have an app on android that does this, the audio sync might be a little off but you can fine tune it. Also it let's you stream any video that you'd be able to stream in the chrome app
If it's just for TV shows and movies I have a better solution for you.
Get an app called "Showbox" and an app called "LocalCast"
Showbox will be used to find the content and just set LocalCast as the video player, select your Chromecast and you're set!
It's so simple and most movies and TV shows are available in 720p streams without the need to search through links.
that might be it, but definitely try VLC. router interfacing is bad, but if u get it right even the shittiest routers can carry 100Mb/s over the air.
the worst performance is usually around 2.4Mb/s, and considering the audio is 128kb/s or so it's definitely just a buffering issue. I know the chromecast has a buffer of at least 256MB (512MB RAM is what I see so there you go) so it has to do with how the sender is configured to transmit, or there's a partially catastrophic failure with the hardware, or you need to update your chromecast or something.
My bet is the first. VLC is very optimized for a lot of things and has been used for casting streams for a very long time, so honestly download and try it, you should be golden.
> I'm mainly asking if there's an easy native app like the soundcloud 'casting app' that hosts it independently on the Chromecast, only using the computer as a remote
u mean, an MP3 player?
on a side note, lots of TVs have SD card or USB stick slots.
Chromecast has like 2GB of flash apparently so
oh also [link]
Localcast seems to work with apple tv too and need to be installed on both your android phone and apple tv to cast. Give it a try.
You could upload these files to google drive (or if you're up to it, create a NAS) and use Localcast to stream from your drive or NAS to chromecast. Good luck!
You can "Route your audio to phone" using the LocalCast app and hear the audio through your phone itself while the video will be casted to the chromecast.
LocalCast (Google Play): [link]
Try LocalCast. It should solve the problem you are having with multi-part videos.
BTW, if you use GrowiestBox instead of GrowBox you don't have to delete MX Player.
Don't play it inside bluestack. Click on the link then choose 'copy stream link'. Open the copied link with the video player you usually use on your pc.
If you have an android phone/tablet and want to watch on your tv, install TTV and a 3rd party casting app like Localcast or web video cast on your android device. Cilck on a link in TTV, choose 'play with', then open the casting app. It will detect your smart tv, then cast the link. It will play on your tv.
Think of Chromecast as essentially a full screen web browser. It's easier to stream videos off the internet, because Chromecast connects directly to the server (e.g. YouTube) and displays the video, bypassing your device. However, if you're streaming from your Android device, the device has to first become a server (which is what apps like LocalCast and AllCast does). This adds much more complexity to your regular video player such as MX Player.
With the LocalCast app you can cast Kodi to a Chromecast. I do this with my 2nd gen Moto E. Netflix has Chromecast support.
You might compare this solution to an Android TV box (Mi Box or Nvidia Shield) which also has Chromecast support builtin among being able to install SPMC (Kodi for Android) or Kodi from the Google Play Store. See /r/AndroidTV.
Maybe Localcast? You can add URLs to the current playlist and then save it as a list to play whenever you want. It's not fancy, but it just works.
I probably haven't explored 99% of the app, but I use and like LocalCast a lot for casting local or network/NAS-based files to my TV.
You could use the built-in browser in Localcast, which allows you to stream any video on a page to your casting device. I don't think it'll grab the embedded subtitles, though you can easily grab subs from opensubtitles.org right in Localcast.
You can get it here:
Localcast has an option to cast to AppleTV. I don't own an AppleTV so I can't comment on how or how well it works. I think it interacts with the AppleTV through WIFI (as it does with Chromecast), rather than IR.
this is what the wd my cloud app looks like on my buddies phone i assume playing it on yer phone and then casting the screen will make it look like crap thats a lot of bandwidth just for one video.
Alternatively Localcast should also be able to access nas and cast from it you can try that.
Oh I see. I only have experience with this localcast (Play store link). I didn't realize they had an app for the ATV4 out.
From how I understand it, apps for the new Apple TV can either be written as a native app, similar to an iPhone app, or they can be written in a form of xml, similar to how the default apps for the older Apple TV worked.
According to the blog post Plex opted for the xml format.
The Apple TV has hardware support for h.264 video only, which is what the Plex app uses for video playback on the device, and why it's limited to h.264.
If the LocalCast app was written to as a native app then it can probably leverage the CPU to playback other video codecs, similar to how the VLC app works on iOS.
I'm going to agree with you that Plex made some descisions to save time on app development, so the app relies on the server to just transcode non-h.264 video.
If you load your audiobook app and start playing something, is there a chromecast icon?
Worst case, just use localcast and stream the audio files from your phone's storage:
localcast has an option to act as a receiver, never tried it myself though. if you have localcast installed on multiple devices you should be able to cast screens to another device with the receiver setting turned on.
If you're not interested in buying the full version to remove the 5 minute video limit, you can also check out LocalCast.
For your tablet I'd recommend LocalCast
When it comes to casting from a PC, I know little about this. Unfortunately I wouldn't really be able to help you there.
Like /u/photorooster1 said, several apps can do so, but I personally find Localcast and Allcast to be the most reliable.
This App has this feature but it's still in beta, not sure about the app store.
>// Wireless headphones (beta)
Touch "Route audio to phone" on the "Now playing" screen, to stream the sound to your phone.
It's impossible to sync this automatically and network delays make it hard.
This feature is in beta: it might work most of the time.
I think there is an app for that....last I tried, it was a bit buggy.
Yeah, app is called LocalCast. Based on reviews it seems to have improved.
Upload the video to Google Drive (or Dropbox) and then stream it to the CC using LocalCast ([link])
I use it all the time & it works great.
You can use LocalCast as the default video player for PT. Works like a charm with Chromecast.
Steps to follow:
1. Download LocalCast from the PlayStore: [link]
2. Open Popcorn time for Android and go to preferences
3. Set LocalCast as the default video player
4. Just play the movie you want. LocalCast will start automatically and ask you to select the device to cast to
Hey OP. I have a Pi2 that I just bought for this exact purpose. My setup is slightly different than yours but the concept is the same. I have a NAS which is basically a computer with a couple harddrives in them, and I have them on one big share. I then use the Pi and Kodi to pull them down off the share.
Some things I have learned. Wireless through the Pi's USB ports are SLOW. I experienced lots of buffering so now I just drag out my super long Ethernet cable when I have to play anything over 720.
How are you planning to wirelessly stream them? A share as well? I feel like a Chromecast would be a better option if he doesn’t want anything complex. Make sure you have a good wireless router (maybe at least 'n' or better, same goes for the laptop), and then get an Android app called LocalCast with that you can actually tell the Chromecast to play stuff off your share.
IMO his needs arent enough to justify all the work the Pi would require. For the $80 (after components) you should look at little set top boxes that can play media off of shares and then call it a day. Either that or build a cheap HTPC and put Windows on it and add his laptop share as a networtked drive.
Personally I regret going with the Pi as an HTPC. I love it as a development box, and a tiny server like a VPN. But I want to build my own windows box where ill have more power and it will be easier to setup and use for my guests/family, so if you want my Pi2 (I bought the CanaKit on Amazon) then ill strike you a deal.
> LocalCast for Silent Streams
If you want to watch something on your TV but don't want the sound to disturb others in the room, download LocalCast for Android. It lets you cast video to your television while keeping audio on your device. Tap "Route audio to phone" on the "Now playing" screen, and plug in some headphones. Note: the app has been in beta for quite some time and warns that "it might work most of the time."
I haven't tried this, but saw it in an article recently. You should try it out.
EDIT: This only seems to work for casting a file that is saved on your phone, not for apps like youtube, plex, netflix, etc.
LocalCast can cast to Windows Media Player. You just have to make sure you enable "Allow remote control of my Player" under Stream options in WMP. Make sure WMP is open and LocalCast will see your computer as a casting device.
EDIT: Also make sure to install the Combined Community Coded Pack on your PC to make sure WMP can render all formats you throw at it.
LocalCast works for some video. Note, however, that Chromecast cannot natively decode all video containers -- AVI and MKV are the ones that seems to cause most problems for me, at least on a first generation Chromecast.
> but you'd have to copy to play.
Inaccurate, LocalCast can do it if the codecs are supported.
> Mounting a share to your phone's file system isn't really an option.
Addtionally, you can mount the shares if you're using an android device that is rooted.
LocalCast supports rotating a locally cast video. It is the directional button next to the subtitles when you cast.
I can't think of anything that would allow you to change video orientation on all casts though.
You can use apps like Local cast. It will work with Chromecast & you can also add .srt file for subtitles.
Before you buy Chromecast , install Local cast & try to connect it with your Samsung smart TV. I think you won't need Chromecast if it works for you.
Yes, but depends on what video/audio codec was used in your file. Here are the supported codecs. You usually find this info on the name or the source of the video file.
You can use the Chromecast extension on Chrome to stream video files from Google Chrome to Chromecast on your network (although I admit, it isn't perfect).
If you use Android, LocalCast plays MKVs quite good, although subtitles contained inside MKV's isn't supported yet. You'd have to provide your own SRT file.
Look into LocalCast if you go the Chromecast route. You can cast photos directly from an SMB/SAMBA share, and any NAS you get should have one built in.
Tried localcast? I can que streaming videos with showbox and localcast will take maybe 2-3 seconds to start playing the next episode. It used to lag typical of the chromecast but for the last 4 months or so it's a rock solid connection, immediately responds to play/pause/FF/RW controls, etc... DLNA works great too as long as it's a compatible format.
Localcast @ playstore
The best solution currently for casting files on your phone (as well as from local network via smb or DLNA) is LocalCast, IMHO.
But it's true that the casting implementation on the Nexus Player (offically 'Google Cast') seems to differ from the Chromecast, and some services/apps work on a Chromecast but not on NP ... presumably these are bugs that Google is currently working on.
Depends on your router, my linksys ea8500 has Twonky media server installed from the factory (which allows my router to be a DLNA server). Give it a try.
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Hey there. There is an app called local sat found here. [link] I have not used is but I read that it will do what you want, but I do not know. I hope it helps :)
I don't have an Xbox One, but I use Localcast to stream downloaded movies to the Chromecast. The description says it supports Xbox One.
I use localcast and it works well. I've only tried it with mp4s myself and I've never used subtitles but there is an option for them.
This would only be possible on the Youtube app with the Roku 3 and above with the remote. On chromecast you would have to download the video to your phone and use the LocalCast wireless headphone feature.
You can try this app [link] according to their features you can route the audio to your phone and only cast or stream video. Havent tried it yet.
You can do this with the LocalCast app for Android, its also available for iOS here.
>Touch "Route audio to phone" on the "Now playing" screen, to listen to what you are watching on your phone. This feature is in beta: it might work most of the time.
~~I've never had any problems with LocalCast. Also, if you use Solid Explorer, you can SE Video Cast, and send it to your Chromecast. I've used that a few times and it seems pretty solid.~~
EDIT: I apparently can't read.
Showbox has been good to me. Download the apk and also install Local Cast. Make sure to select "other player" below the video or in settings of showbox.
Local Cast: [link]
If you want to go as cheap as you can go then you might consider a Chromecast and LocalCast for Android or a Roku Express or Stick with a Plex. I use LocalCast to cast Kodi playback from my smartphone.
The USA model Mi Box is a cheap Android TV device, but it has some quirks (Chromecasting specifically). But you could run Kodi/SPMC or the Plex client on it also. The USA model Mi Box and Nvidia Shield are the only two Android devices worth considering. See /r/AndroidTV.
I would purchase something locally so you can easily return it if you don't like it.
This is not the way to go. Whenever you chromecast something, the CC connects to the internet and streams it from there. In this case your phone is the streaming server so it needs to be "on" all the time.
That said, I used LocalCast in the past.
It's a Chromecast app that you can use to start content playing, and in the remote on the phone there's an option to "route audio to this device" or something, it's 2am and I can't be arsed to look it up.
On android i would use an app called localcast. It is an app designed to stream stuff to receivers like the chromecast and you can add a nas on it.
he would need an app on ios similar to that.
I thought I remember this being a thing too, built into the Chromecast app. Some searching revealed localcast, you can give that a try.
LocalCast or AllCast are good places to start, have a look in the sidebar, faq section then handy apps, then scroll down to casting apps. ---->
Local cast is great for casting media files to android TV
Edit: Just noticed you asked for non casting, using an ftp server is how I would usually do this, below is the one I use
BigWebQuiz Android iOS Web
YouTube Gaming Android iOS
Crunchyroll Android iOS Web
TED Android iOS
BT Sport Android iOS
Kodi Android PC
Pocket Casts Android iOS Web
Twitch Android iOS Web
Dashboard Cast Android
Udemy Online Courses Android
Tricky Titans Android iOS
YouTube Kids Android iOS Web
Angry Birds Friends Android iOS
Spotify Android iOS Web
BBC iPlayer Android iOS Web
Netflix Android iOS Web
YouTube Android iOS Web
Now TV Android iOS
BlinkBox Movies Android iOS
BBC Sport Android iOS
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Same issue with Localcast too I believe, and last time I tried it it was a bit iffy.
[link] is back, and better than ever. No ads, 720p or 1080p for basically everything and a pretty neat UI. Only downside is no Trakt or RD support since it's a website, not an app.
Edit: And also, closed captions included in almost all shows and movies.
Edit 2: If you want to cast something, install Localcast and use the built-in web browser, which allows you to cast any video on a page to your casting device. I don't think it'll grab the embedded subtitles, though you can easily get subs from opensubtitles.org right in Localcast.
You can get it here:
LocalCast does that! "LocalCast for Chromecast/DLNA"
LocalCast does this for Chromecast but I am not sure if it supports Kodi
Do you have Plex server running? The client app is useless unless you have the media server application running on something.
If you just want to access an SMB from your mobile device, try an app like LocalCast, AllCast, BubbleUPnP, etc.
Localcast supports that. I haven't used it myself, but if you get the delay right you hear the sound on your phone.
There is an app, LocalCast that enables this, but only when you cast a file you downloaded on your device
Should work with LocalCast.
For casting from Android, this is the best I've found.
this has the option for local files. give it a test out.
Try LocalCast: [link]
I've used LocalCast with success on my Roku Stick.
Airflow if you're using Mac, or Windows.
LocalCast if you're using Android.
Use LocalCast , that should work
Localcast is what you are looking for!
If you can get the file onto your phone, Localcast will do this.
There is an android app for it:
Not sure about Laptops though.
LocalCast. The wireless heaphones feature is pretty cool.
Try LocalCast, that specific feature is in beta but it works when I have tried it.
Install Kodi on your Android phone. Install LocalCast on your phone. In Kodi install SportsDevil. On the phone download and install a modified PlayerCoreFactory file in the kodi directory.
Just that easy
Showbox works well together with Localcast for Chromecast.
It's one of the key feature of the app. Connect the phone and tv to same wifi network and put headphones to mobile
dude, these are all apps
localcast - [link]
web video cast - [link]
vlc - [link]
> Web video is for web and not for video players right?
no don't let the name mislead you, you can use it for local videos too
> Vlc app only allows mirroring
you are simply using the wrong version or the fake version. I linked you to the correct one. how to chromecast with it should be self-evident once you go through the settings
so just to reiterate, this kind of casting is not mirroring, but still uses your phone resources. If you need to transcode, which VLC does, it's gonna use even more of your phone resources so don't be surprised if the cast stops. Most phones were not meant for transcoding.
Localcast may work for you then.
Use LocalCast or AllCast
LocalCast can do this, but only for local files I think.
I've had excellent luck with LocalCast. Works a charm streaming most media without touching your desktop.
LocalCast with the Cloud plugin will let you cast from your Google Drive.
Not sure if AllCast supports multipart videos. I'd try LocalCast.
You'll still need GrowBox though.
Set up the ReadyMedia (formerly MiniDLNA) server following the wiki instructions
Edit /etc/fstab on the Pi so USB devices are mounted at boot (all my devices run linux so I have used btrfs and ext4) and mount all the devices (probably with mount -a)
Chromecast only supports the formats mentioned here and I don't want my Pi to have to run any transcoding so I transcode the files on a better machine
Transcode or rip the dvd using another machine. I use HandBrakeCLI so it works over SSH and I can create a script (the below was for a bluray and the important bits in bold)
HandBrakeCLI -i /dev/sr0 -t 1 -m -f av_mkv -e x264 -q 15 -E av_aac,mp3 -o "Out.mkv"
Copy the converted file to a folder configured in step 1 using your favourite method (rsync with ssh for me) and restart DLNA server (optional)
On your android device install Localcast (works for me but YMMV)
In localcast select DLNA/uPNP from the menu on the left and navigate to the video you want to watch, cast to your chromecast and then press play.
Subtitles are not supported over DLNA with ReadyMedia but if you have them on your local device you can add them (or if you know how to get them please let me know!)
feel free to ask if there's anything you don't get
Thanks. I've been using LocalCast. It's very good too.
You can send stuff from SMB or DLNA using LocalCast.
Localcast (also allows you to sync manually) [link]
If you only want to play music,
If you are using new version of ES file explorer (free). Then don't use it. You can't trust that app. Use different file explorer. Try solid explorer or amaze file manager.
Solid explorer can also cast local media If you install plug in for it.
This app. You can route audio while casting.
If you can use Localcast app then you can set up auto play. Not just for Chromecast.
Try using localcast
Localcast works for me
I cast to my smart TV using localcast.
Did you mean something like this.?
Psst: I use LocalCast for this.
The closest thing to what you want is Local Cast. It will only be able to do non drm music files tough.
LocalCast is what you're looking for.
Dacă aveți Chromecast puteți folosi Localcast pentru a vedea pe televizor.
Showbox, MovieHD and Terrerium TV are amazing for tv shows and movies. Use them in conjuction with Localcast or Allcast (my favourite). Allcast also has a handy extension that lets you stream to your pc or any device that has the receiver installed.If you want to watch animes, use Akhyou!. It is pretty good because it has multiple anime streaming websites as sources. You can use BubbleUPNP to stream videos as well but i find it to be best for streaming audio. It also has the side benefit of being able to be detected by DLNA devices like the PS4. You can connect to the BubbleUPNP server made by your phone to play music from your phone or from some music streaming service like Google Music.
Localcast should work.
I use LocalCast and its great. Play Store Link
Yep! Check out the app LocalCast
I use this app. works a treat.
Have you heard of LocalCast or AllCast or BubbleUPnP?
I see a lot of people mention those apps when talking about their NAS or Samba shares.
3) Use localcast
you can queue and change the subtitle position with local cast from the play store.
This is the app to help with casting locally.
Edit: You don't need to put your phone into airplane mode, just turn on hotspot, then turn off data. (The thing is I wonder how would you setup your chromecast connection this way, might need another device to do the setup.) That way you create a local network, similar to having a router box setup without internet connection.
edit 3: removed edit 2, since it doesn't help with anything.