Update 1: Videostream for Chromecast is now named as Videostream for Google cast following Google’s naming convention changes. Google now refers software as Google cast, and hardware as Chromecast. We don’t think it is necessary to update the page for such a name change.
Update 2: If you are not sure how to launch Videostream after initial installation, you may check this guide.
To stream local videos to Chromecast, here is another (4th) simple method using a Chrome extension: Videostream for Chromecast.
This method of using a Chrome extension (Chrome app) is a compliment to the other 3 methods of streaming local media to Chromecast: Chrome browser tab casting, desktop sharing, and using Plex media server (and a web app).
Advantages of Videostream extension for streaming local media to Chromecast
The advantages of using Videostream extension to stream local media files to Chromecast include:
- Simple to setup and use, compared to using the Plex media server.
- Support more video formats (with some sort of trans-coding), compared to Chrome browser tab casting.
- Very reliable and stable, compared to desktop sharing.
- Remote control for Android (currently it is free).
- Works just like a local media player with output to TV (Chromecast)!
Limitations of Videostream extension for streaming local media to Chromecast
There are some limitations of using Videostream extension to stream local media files to Chromecast. These include:
- Free to use, but not for all features. Some features are not free. Of course, for most users, the free features are sufficient.
- No support for photos or pictures. Videostream extension is primarily for videos (and audios). if you want to cast your photos to your guest on TV, this is not for you.
No remote control for iOS(at the time of writing this page).
Step-by-step guide on using Videostream extension for streaming local medias to Chromecast
Videostream extension for Chromecast is very simple to setup, just like any other Chrome extensions.
You need install Google Cast extension as well. We will not cover the installation of Google cast extension because the installation procedure is exactly identical to that of Videostream extension. Actually, almost all Chromecast extension installation procedure is identically simple.
Step 1: Install Videostream Chrome extension for Chromecast
You can go to Chrome web from your Chrome browser, or simply type the address: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps
Search for Videostream in the web store as shown below. Click the FREE button to add the extension to your Chrome browser.
You should get a confirmation message. It tells you what permissions the Videostream extension for Chromecast are requiring. To install this Chrome extension, click “Add” as shown below.
That’s it. Just like other Chrome extensions, it is very simple to install. This Videostream extension does not require any unnecessary permissions. It is very clean.
Please note, to add an extension to your Chrome browser, you need log in with your Google account.
Videostream for Google Chromecast requires the official Google cast extension. If you haven’t installed it, you may use the similar procedure to install Google cast extension.
Step 2: Using Videostream Chrome extension to stream local media for Chromecast
You can use Videostream Chrome extension to stream local media for Chromecast immediately after the installation. No setup is required (although there is a setup icon).
Actually, once you finish the installation, the Videostream extension starts automatically. Click “Select a movie to play” button as shown below.
This will open your file explorer. You can navigate to the directory and select the files to be played and click Open, as shown below.
Once you select the file, the Videostream extension will start to search for Chromecast devices in your home network.
If a Chromecast device is found, the Google cast extension should pop out a window for you to select the device as shown below.
After selecting the device, the video will be played to Chromecast, and you can watch it on the TV. Of course, you can then do anything else on your PC.
At any time, you can stop the casting by clicking the Google cast extension icon in Chrome browser. Then, you have the pop-out window with Stop casting button.
Please note, the video is streamed to Chromecast and output is on TV. The video is NOT played in your PC.
Step 3: Some advanced features of Videostream Chrome extension for streaming local media for Chromecast
The Videostream extension for Chromecast is free. For most users, the free features are sufficient.
However, if you need playlist support, want to try beta features, or you don’t want to see the ads (not intrusive, just an Amazon affiliate link), you may opt for Premium.
You can also use your Android phone as remote control for the casting. They released the app in play store: Videostream Chromecast: Remote . It is simple and functional without bells and whistles.
This remote control is currently free. But it seems it is part of the premium package, so in the future the subscription probably is required.
How to launch Videostream for Google cast after initial installation?
After initial installation, next time, you can launch Videostream for Google cast in three different methods: from Chrome apps page (chrome://apps), using a desktop shortcut for Videostream app, or from bookmarks bar.
Please refer to this guide for details on how to launch Videostream for Google cast app (and other Chrome apps as well).
Do you have any problems or questions on using Videostream extension to stream local videos for Chromecast?
Please let us know in the comment box below, if you have any questions or encounter any problems.
For more Chromecast tutorial, you may check our Chromecast how-to guide page.
For Chromecast Audio guides, please visit Chromecast Audio guide page.