Chrome feature makes it easier to cast videos from your desktop

It's only a test feature for the beta channel at the moment, though.

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Mariella Moon
March 28th, 2018
In this article: cast, chrome, chromecast, gear, google, internet

To cast a video from your computer to a TV, you only need to open a file on Chrome, click the Cast icon and choose your device. Or, you can install a third-party app or extension like Videostream, which can play almost any video format. Not that hard, right? Google's Chrome team is making it much easier to beam videos from your PC, though. Chromium Evangelist François Beaufort has revealed that the team has rolled out a new feature to the beta channel that adds a "Cast file" option below "Cast tab" and "Cast desktop."

No need to go anywhere else in the browser anymore: you only need to click the Cast icon and click the chevron next to "Cast to" in order to see the option under the list of sources. It's only live for some people on the Beta channel at the moment, but you can also force it to show up. Right click on Chrome beta, choose properties and add the command line flag "--enable-features=EnableCastLocalMedia" to switch the feature on. If you cast a lot of files from your PC, this could make the process of opening videos less tedious, though you'll have to wait for a wider release if you don't want to play with the browser's beta offerings.

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