Chromecast hack

I hate having to connect my laptop to my TV using an HDMI wire. In the case of Netflix or Youtube I have no issues, Chromecast is the perfect solution. But what if you have a movie downloaded on your laptop, do you have to manually connect your TV to your laptop using an HDMI wire or is there a way around it?

There is a very simple hack. You can watch the movie in your Chrome browser which in turn you can cast to your TV using Chromecast. See the screenshots below for details:

Step 1:

Navigate to the location of the movie or video you wish to cast to your TV.

Step 2:

Right click on video and click ‘Get Info’

Step 3:

Copy ‘Where’ from Info page

Step 4:

Open Chrome and paste path in the address bar.

Step 5

Click the movie and you will see that it begins to play within Chrome. Once playing click the ‘Google Cast’ button

And thats it! never again do you have to manually connect your TV to your laptop using HDMI!

This comes with a caveat: the video must be encoded with H.264 for video and AAC for audio. Other codecs will cause Chrome to attempt to “download” the movie rather than play it in-browser.

Also pro tip: you can just drag and drop the movie into a Chrome window rather than have to copy the path into it.