Aug 21st, 2013

Trying to master the use of your new Chromecast can be quite the task. Most users tend to stick with official devices and applications, but there is much more you can do with your streaming dongle. Fling is one of the great third-party Chromecast services around, and it has just been opened to the public!

With Fling, one can stream locally-stored video from a computer to your Chromecast. The app runs on Java, making it pretty much compatible across all PC platforms. It should run on any OS that can support Oracle’s Java.

It is really a simple tool. There is no need for servers, browsers or anything. Simply open the native app and drag/drop your files. The video should start playing right away.

leonnichollsEverything should be fine as long as the video format is supported by Chromecast. There is a healthy list of supported formats, but if you happen to have weird video formats that is not an issue. The app also has an experimental feature that allows you to transcode the video with the help of VLC. Pretty sweet!

I love that this app has all the pros and very few cons. It is simple and to the point, yet it is very full-featured and well-supported. The fact that you can use VLC to encode any video is surprising. Cross-platform support and the simple UI simply close the deal.

It’s all free and you can get it straight from Leon Nicholls. If you are a developer, you can even look into the code! It’s all open-sourced. Enjoy!

[Leon Nicholls]

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