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Three Methods of Streaming AVI to Chromecast/Chromecast New/Chromecast Ultra for Perfect Playback

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Updated on April 27, 2023

Chromecast only supports specific formats and codecs, which do not include AVI. Yet, you can still stream AVI to Chromecast if you convert it to other compatible formats beforehand or find a medium that serves Chromecast and works with AVI format.
But the most recommended solution to play AVI on Chromecast is to convert the AVI video format as you can no longer worry about format incompatibility issues. Download the best video converter here to make AVI Chromecast possible most easily:

Have You Ever Been Faced with the Playback Issue of AVI Chromecast?

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 (, 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.

Solution 1: Convert AVI to Chromecast Supported Formats

Converting AVI to Chromecast-friendly formats is the most recommended method as it can solve the video incompatibility issues once and for all. Put it another way, by converting from AVI to H264 MP4, you can play the video on any device without a hitch. And all you need for this is a proper format converter.

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a professional video format converter for all kinds of video conversions. It can quickly convert AVI to Chromecast supported format in one click. Moreover, it’s one of the best batch video converters that allow you to process multiple files simultaneously and effortlessly. Beyond that, this video converter also supports converting audio formats to solve audio playback issues.

Now, free downloadfree download this software and see how to convert AVI to Chromecast with it below.

How to Convert AVI to the Format that Chromecast Supports

Load Original AVI Files into the Program

Before starting the AVI to Chromecast conversion, please free downloadfree download the software for preparation.

Step 1. Load Original AVI Files

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and click “Converter” to enter the conversion interface. Import AVI files from your local drive by clicking “Add Files” at the upper left. Drag-and-drop is also allowed.

Select Chromecast as Output Format

Step 2. Select Chromecast as Target Profile

Press the “Google” icon under the Device tab, and choose Chromecast/Chromecast New/Chromecast Ultra as the output preset.

The software will convert AVI files for the best playback result on Chromecast. If you have different desire for the output settings, you can open the “Parameter settings” to change the bitrate, resolution, frame rate, channels, volume, etc.

Step 3. Start AVI Chromecast Conversion

Click the bottom triangle button to select an output folder. Then press “Run” to start the conversion in no time.

Now, you have got brand new files perfectly recognized by Chromecast, just stream it as usual.

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Requirements of the Following Two Methods

- A proper (DLNA supported) browser, what I'm using here is Chrome

- PC/mobile, Chromecast and big screen device like HD TV under the same WLAN

Solution 2: Play AVI on Chromecast via Plex Media Server

Plex is a client-server media player system and software suite runs on Windows, macOS and Linux-compatibles including some types of NAS devices. Besides, Plex has official clients for mobile devices as well as PC end.

With the help of Plex, not only can you save your media files online, whether they are from your PC or mobile, but get anything including video, audio and picture streaming with ease.

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Visit Plex via to get started, and make sure your Plex Media Server allows secure connections!

Step 1:  Preparation

At first, there are some simple installation, sign up, presetting and brief tutorials for preparation. Then chrome browser will pop up a page as the main interface of the Plex, where you can scan your video/audio/images recognized and decorated automatically by Plex. If your playlist is empty, you may need to manually add AVI files. While you’re at it, you can create your own libraries for future use.

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Step 2: Plex AVI Chromecast

Select the AVI files that you want to stream, then click Select-Cast in the upper right corner of the Plex main interface, and the Chrome browser will automatically detect the devices including your PC/mobile phone, Chromecast and your TV under the same WLAN. I believe that you know what to do next.

Solution 3: Cast AVI to Chromecast with Videostream for Google Chromecast

Videostream is a Chrome browser extension that serves Chromecast streaming. Without software installation, you can easily get that useful and handy tool that streams media files of most codecs from Chrome web store:

As tested, AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, VOB files ripped from DVDs and most MKV have proper playback with Videostream. Although the range of formats that Videostream supports is not as large as Plex, but as an easy-to-use and multi-platform Chrome plug-in that runs offline and supports subtitles, you can’t ask for more, can you?

Start Streaming AVI to Chromecast with Videostream

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Add Videostream to Chrome extension to get started

Step 1: Go to Video Stream Main Interface

Normally, Videostream interface window pops up after the addition. In case you miss it, find it at Chrome browser - type chrome://apps at address bar anytime.

Step 2: Chromecast AVI Files with Videostream

Click on the “Choose a Video” button to add AVI files from local drive, NAS, external drive, server. Then click on the cast icon to stream via Chromecast.

In conclusion:

Although a lot of formats including AVI are not supported by Chromecast, there are still two ways to stream AVI to Chromecast

1. Convert video formats.

2. Find an auxiliary software of Chromecast AVI support.

If you are not very strict with the video format, you are strongly recommended to try method 1 as it is easier and more efficient. Just download the tool and have a try.

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