What is Chromecast
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.
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.
First and foremost we recommend getting Elmedia Player app that makes streaming local video to Chromecast from Mac a breeze.
This is how you can cast videos from MacBook or Mac mini or your regular Mac computer 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.
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:
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 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.
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:
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.
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: