Q: AVI video files don't work on Casting in Chromecast? A message said that I don't have the codec for it. How to download and install the codec that enables AVI files to work in Chromecast casting? MP4 video files seem to work, but no AVI files. Is there a workaround?
A: In fact, people usually stream online video content from mobile apps that support Google Cast technology to their TVs on the same Wi-Fi network. But for playing local AVI video files, it doesn't seem so easy. According to the Supported Media for Google Cast page (https://developers.google.com/cast/docs/media#image-formats), not only does the Chrome browser have to be installed, but media types are also limited.
Chromecast only recognizes MP4 and WebM with specific codecs. For example, you can’t directly Chromecast MKV files as well as AVI in most cases, which is a big drawback for a digital media player.
However, you can still make it work in a roundabout way. Here are three solutions for AVI to Chromecast streaming.