Best way to stream local video and audio from Mac to Chromecast - 2018

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Chromecast is a digital media player developed by Google. These players are used for playback of Internet-streamed or locally obtained audio-visual content with the help of Wi-Fi.

This low-cost neat-looking dongle turns any TV into a smart one, letting you cast any movie, song, or photo from your Mac’s hard drive to a larger screen.

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Stream local video from Mac to Chromecast

Chromecast is exceptionally good for Internet-streamed content, acting pretty much as your TV media center. You might also be interested in the possibility to cast local files from Mac to Chromecast when you have a collection of old movies saved on your hard drive, or your family videos, or some other content you have created long time ago and you'd like to see those on a larger screen to either share with your family or friends. With local movies, things are going to be slightly different than with web-based. Once you know how to cast local files to Chromecast on Mac you'll enjoy them even better, we are sure.


Stream video from Mac to Chromecast

First and foremost we recommend getting Elmedia Player app that makes streaming local video to Chromecast from Mac a breeze.



Watch local videos on Chromecast

This is how you can cast videos from MacBook or Mac mini or your regular Mac computer to Chromecast:

  1. Connect your Chromecast media player to your TV.
  2. Download and install free Elmedia Player on your Mac.
  3. Locate the video (audio) that you are going to stream on your computer.

  4. Locate the video
  5. Open it in Elmedia Player.
  6. Click the streaming icon on Control Panel in Elmedia Player and choose the device you want to stream to.

Stream from Mac to Chromecast

Note: Free version of Elmedia Player allows free streaming to Chromecast for 1 minute and if you like how everything works there, you can buy Elmedia Player PRO. There is actually much more than just streaming to Chromecast in PRO version. Learn more here.

That’s it! Enjoy watching.

Some additional conveniences you can get while casting from your Mac to Chromecast with Elmedia Player:

First off you can fully control the playback - pause and play, go to any moment of a movie or audio, skip forward and back, adjust the volume.

Oh, and there is more:

  • Switch between subtitles and audio tracks, as well as add external subtitles and audio tracks;
  • Set any color for text, borders and subtitles background while casting;
  • Change font and subtitle size while casting;
  • Video and audio can be streamed in their original format or transcoded in real time if needed;
  • Create playlist for streaming in Elmedia and enjoy uninterrupted playback on Chromecast.

Stream local music from Mac to Chromecast

As good as it is, your MacBook doesn't deliver a proper sound through its built-in speakers. Most probably, the speakers in your smart TV offer a way better sounding. If you know how to stream local audio from Mac to Chromecast, you can take advantage of a high-quality sound of your TV set. You can use Elmedia Player to do this. This app supports such audio formats as .mp3, .m4a, .ogg, .flac, .wav, .ogg, etc. Elmedia works smoothly with Chromecast, Android TV, and various Google Cast-enabled devices.

To stream to Chromecast audio from Mac you will do the same as you did to cast local video to Chromecast from Mac, just follow the video instructions earlier in this article.

Chromecast MKV files from Mac

Chromecast is the perfect tool to watch online or local videos on a larger screen and works pretty well for such files as WebM or MP4, however when it comes to MKV ones, you may bump into some difficulties, e.g. it just won't play.

To solve such an issue, use Elmedia Player, which works with pretty much any file format and does so well. When you are using Elmedia to stream MKV to Chromecast from Mac it'll either cast your file as is (if the format is supported by device) or will convert the video on the fly into a supported format to offer you smooth uninterrupted playback.

How to watch YouTube and other online videos without ads on Chromecast

Did you know that you can actually watch YouTube videos on a big screen without having to wait for that "Skip Ad" to appear. Oh, and some ads cannot even be skipped, you have to wait till the end. Well, with Elmedia Player, you can cast YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion videos on TV without those annoying ads. The steps on how to do it are below:

  1. Connect your Chromecast player to your TV.
  2. Download and install free Elmedia Player on your Mac computer.
  3. Open an online video in Elmedia via File > Open Online Video menu.
  4. Click the streaming icon on Control Panel in Elmedia Player and choose the device you want to stream to.

Note: Free version of Elmedia Player allows free streaming to Chromecast for 1 minute and if you like how everything works there, you can buy Elmedia Player PRO. There is actually much more than just streaming to Chromecast in PRO version. Learn more about it here.

Stream web video or audio from Mac to Chromecast (incl. 4K HDR videos)

Elmedia Player will also come in handy when you want to stream web-based content to Chromecast. For those who own Chromecast Ultra, Elmedia can cast 4K videos as well.

Follow these steps to cast Internet-based video or audio on TV:

  1. Connect your Chromecast player to your TV.
  2. Download and install free Elmedia Player on your Mac computer.
  3. In Elmedia Player choose Chromecast from the list of devices available for streaming.
  4. Switch to Elmedia's browser mode and in context menu choose Play Online Video option.
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