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

Author by Oswald

Updated on May 24, 2021

Normally, it’s no-go to Chromecast video contents in some certain formats like AVI. You can’t directly play files in every formats at will because there are some specific codecs that Chromecast supports. In order to stream AVI files, you need to find a medium that serves Chromecast and supports AVI format, or convert AVI files to supported formats. Now, I’ll introduce three good ways to stream AVI to Chromecast.

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 codec so AVI files will 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. Not only does the Chrome browser have to be installed, but media files are also limited. According to the Supported Media for Google Cast page:

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 implement it in a roundabout way. Here are three solutions for AVI to Chromecast streaming.

Solution 1: Convert AVI to Chromecast Supported Formats

You might not want to learn the complex info about each video format and how to stream them with Chromecast (or other devices), right? Then, it’s a good idea to convert files of .avi or any other less popular formats (ASF, TS, RMVB and etc) to popular formats like MP4 for any-device playback with a proper format converter.

When you encounter any playback problems caused by incompatible formats, no worries, let WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro do its job.

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How to Convert AVI to the Format that Chromecast Supports

Load Original AVI Files into the Program

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Step 1: Load Original AVI Files into the Program

Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, click "converter" to enter the converter section. Load (up to 10) AVI files that you want to convert from local drive by clicking on the “Add Files” button.

(*Optional) Preset parameters by clicking on the small “Settings” button at lower-right side of the interface. Then you’ll be led to another window where you can customize channels, bit rate, sample rate, volume and etc. Then click on the format section on the right side of the interface to proceed.

Select Chromecast as Output Format

Step 2: Select Chromecast as Output Format

Choose Google icon at the category box above, then select Chromecast/Chromecast New/Chromecast Ultra as your output format, the program will automatically convert AVI files for the best playback result on Chromecast.

As you may notice, there are more things that HD Video Converter Factory Pro can do, there are 300+ formats and devices for you to convert, for example, convert AVI to MOV for QuickTime playback.

Step 3: Start AVI Chromecast Conversion

After you choose the format, click on the “RUN” button to start the conversion, you’ll get Chromecast supported files in no time even if there are multiple files in the queue owing to batch conversion function.

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

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.

How to Cast AVI to Chromecast on PC with Plex

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Get Plex at 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.

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.

Have you learned how to cast AVI on Chromecast? I hope so, have a try!

Thank you for your reading.

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