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What're Video File Types Supported by Chromecast

Google Chromecast prides itself on streaming ability which builds a bridge helping users transfer entertainment from devices to TV for a better visual experience on big screen. This awesome media streaming device offers a simple set-up tutorial but still tells some important requirements to make sure everything goes well.

First, it's compatible with Android (4.1 and higher), iOS (7.0 and higher), Chromebook (Chrome 28 and higher), Windows (7 and higher), Mac OS X (10.7 and higher). Second, it needs wireless network. And, it limits video file types. So, what're Chromecast supported video formats? This article will give a thorough list of (best) video formats for Google Chromecast.

Get All Video Files Streamed Via Chromecast?

Winxvideo AI is available to convert any video (MKV, H.265, M2TS, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV etc,) to Chromecast acceptable video formats to get all file types streamed through Chromecast without interruptions. It can deliver crisp resulting video at an 83x real-time video conversion speed.

Part 1. Chromecast Supported Video Formats

It is believed that every Chromecast user has a certain number of movies, TV shows, music videos saved on computer or devices. And some of the crowds meet trouble that videos cannot work on Chromecast, which results from incompatible formats. In order to solve the problem, we should have a brief knowledge of Chromecast supported video formats at first.

Standard Supported Chromecast Video Formats

  • MP4 - .mp4 file encoded with H.264 High Profile Level 4.1 video codec and MP3/AAC audio codec.
  • WebM - .webm video encoded with VP8 video codec and Vorbis audio codec.

Although MP4 is confident as the most compatible and compressed format for devices, WebM (VP8) defeats MP4 as the best Chromecast video format for its power on web-support can produce highest quality of real-time/online video streaming. Moreover, there are more video formats that Chromecast does support.

Some Unsupported Video Formats

  • AVI - the most common format and container for audio/video data on the PC.
  • MKV - holds video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file.
  • FLV - video files streamed over the Internet using the Adobe Flash Player.
  • MOV - a multimedia file format that contains one and more tracks of data, such as audio, video, or text.
  • VOB - DVD-Video file formats that contain digital video audio, audio, and subtitles relevant to DVDs.
  • 3G2 - a video container file for audio, video, and text that is an extension of MP4.

Read more: How to Cast MKV Video Files to Chromecast

Part 2. Try to Stream All Video Files to HDTV via Chromecast?

As above, how can you cast Chromecast unsupported video formats? To break barrier of Chromecast supported video formats for all video files (H.265, MKV, M2TS, AVI, WMV, MOV etc,) streaming, a video transcoder is needed. Winxvideo AI is the highly-recommend one.

This professional video converter specially developed to realize conversion between SD/HD videos as well as support 4K/8K video compression. Equipped with 420+ well-set device profiles, it can transfer any video files to Chromecast, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Surface Pro etc. with possible highest video quality. Owing to Multi-core CPU utility, improved configuring for i5 i7 CPU, optimized AMD 3DNow! and Intel SSE3 SSE2 MMX Instructions, it reaches an 83x real time video conversion speed.

Download/install this Chromecast video converter for Windows (10). Then, follow the tutorial below to convert video to Chromecast for smooth streaming. Demands of Mac users can also be satisfied taking advantage of the Mac version.

Step 1. Add the Video File Unsupported by Chromecast

Launch Winxvideo AI and tap +Video button to import the video which you want to stream via Chromecast.

Step 2. Select Chromecast Video Format as Output Profile

A couple of seconds later, Output Profile dialogue pops up. Move to PC General Video panel and pick Chromecast WebM Video (VP8) as output format.

Tip: In addition, there are dozens of formats and profiles offered to you, like Device Profile, Web Video Profile, DVD Profile, HD Video and to Music.

Transcode video to Chromecast compatible format

Step 3. Start Converting Video to Chromecast

Click Browse button to set destination folder (hard drive or device) and hit RUN button to start transcoding the source to Chromecast video file format.

Related External Source:
Chromecast[Wiki]: A line of digital media players developed by Google. Designed as small dongles, the devices play audio/video content on a high-definition television or home audio system by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi from the Internet or a local network...


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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