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VLC not casting to Chromecast – Tips

How to Stream Videos From VLC to Chromecast?

In case you have no idea on how to stream videos from VLC media player to Chromecast, we here would like to firstly show you detailed guide for casting videos from VLC to Chromecast from both Windows 10 and Mac computer.

How to Cast VLC from Windows 10 to Chromecast?

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To cast VLC from Windows 10 to Chromecast, simply open VLC and select Playback > Renderer from the menu bar at the top of the player. Then select the name of your Chromecast device from the list.

The below steps to learn how to cast VLC from Windows 10 to Chromecast:

  • Kick off the VLC media player on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Then click “Playback” option in the menu bar located at the top of your VLC window.
  • Hover your mouse pointer over Renderer. A menu will open. Select your Chromecast device from the list. It may be simply labeled as Chromecast, or you may have renamed it.
  • Open a video or audio file for casting. If you see a window appear that says, “Insecure site,” just click “View Certificate” and then “Accept Permanently” button.

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    Photo: VLC

How to Cast VLC from Mac to Chromecast?

It’s quite similar to cast your videos from your Mac to Chromecast. All you need to do is select “Playback > Renderer” option on VLC media player from the Apple menu bar, and then select the name of your Chromecast device from the list for casting.

For detailed steps, you could check the below guide:

  • Open your Applications folder and then kick off VLC media player.
  • Click “Playback” from the Apple menu bar, which is located at the top of your screen. If you don’t see Playback, make sure you click on the VLC app first.
  • Then hover your mouse pointer over Renderer. A menu will open. Select your Chromecast device from the list. It may be labeled as Chromecast, or you may have renamed it.
  • Then, open and browse a video or audio file for playback. VLC media player will cast the video file to your Chromecast TV immediately.

In these 2 ways, you could easily cast videos from VLC media player to Chromecast from your Windows 10 and Mac computer.

 Tips to VLC Renderer Does Not Find Chromecast

Through the above operations, you could easily cast videos from Windows 10/Mac VLC media player to Chromecast. But sometimes, you may not find any Chromecast option on your VLC Renderer. How to fix this?

If you launch VLC, click through to “Playback > Renderer”, but find no Chromecast device. You could try the below tips to solve the VLC Renderer does not find Chromecast issue.

  • Make sure your VLC and Chromecast are under the same WIFI network.
  • Under Renderer, there’s a Scan option. Click it to find your Chromecast. If VLC is stuck on scanning for renderer, you should use VLC to open a random multicast network stream in the range of address 224.0.0.X, where X is between 100 and 199. You should notice there is nothing played (since there is no such stream available). Wait for a while and then check for available renderers again. Now they should show up (might take a couple of seconds but not more than a minute).
  • Click “Tools” in the top menu of VLC, tap “Preferences”, and then click “Reset Preferences” at the bottom left corner. Then, re-open the “Playback > Renderer” to see if there is any available Chromecast device
  • Reboot VLC and Chromecast, and then see Chrome is available.

If you have tried these solutions but nothing found, you may try another computer.

Tips to Black Screen in VLC Casting

Some VLC and Chromecast users have reported that “Casting VLC to Chromecast results in black screen with only the title of the file displayed on TV”.

You could try the below solutions to see if the case could be solved or not:

  • Make sure that VLC and Chromecast are on the same network.
  • Disconnect from the VPN service if connected.
  • Update the VLC app to its latest version.
  • Turn your firewall off, because it may block the ports. Alternatively, allow VLC port in firewall configuration.
  • Check your network configuration and change your network from public to private.
  • Check your Chromecast settings in VLC and turn off Audio passthrough: click Tools > Preferences > click All at the bottom left > search Chromecast > uncheck Enable Audio passthrough > click Save.

Generally, this would help you out of the situation of black screen in VLC media player casting to Chromecast.

 

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