Can’t Play MKV, AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, MPG, MOV by Chromecast

It is magical, but not without issues.

With Chromecast, we can enjoy videos, music, and more on TV from computer and other devices with our family and friends only in three steps. That's amazing. However, Chromecast has limitation in the input video formats.

Only video containers MP4 and WebM encoded with Video codecs H.264 High Profile Level 4.1, 4.2 and 5, VP8 and audio codecs HE-AAC, LC-AAC, CELT/Opus, MP3, Vorbis are compatible with Chromecast. So many people suffered a lot when they cast local media to TV, let’s have a look at what issues people met: 

  • When users send local media which are with extensions MP4 or WebM through Chromecast to TV, it will be succeeded playing in most cases but sometimes failed. That is because MP4 and WebM, as video container format, contain different video or audio codecs which Chromecast doesn't recognize.
  • As we all know, WebM is based on MKV format, so these two formats are very similar. But people still have problems with MKV: can't cast MKV to TV or though successfully send MKV to TV but no sound or video. Though MKV has similarity with WebM, they are not totally the same. When MKV contains audio codecs like DTS or AC3, you can't send these files to TV though Chromecast or can just get the video but no audio.
  • For DRM protected iTunes videos, you can remove DRM first and convert iTunes m4v for Chromecast.
  • How to play some video formats like AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, MPG, MOV, etc. to TV which are Chromecast incompatible? The easiest way to solve the issues we listed above is to convert those Chromecast incompatible formats to MP4 or WebM format natively supported by Chromecast.

Troubleshoot: Convert MKV, AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, MPG, MOV to play on TV via Chromecast smoothly 

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended here to give you a help. (Read itsreview) It is a professional video converter to convert MKV, AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, MPG, MOV and other almost all kinds of video and audio formats like to AIFF, WAV, M4A, AC3, AAC, WMA, OGG, MP2, MP3, AU, MKA, FLAC to Chromecast supported video and audio format. Now let’s try to use this Chromecast Video Converter. 

Step 1. Add videos to Chromecast Video Converter(Mac version is here). You can click the “Add video” button or “File” to import. 

Step 2. Choose output format for Chromecast by clicking the “Format” bar. Choose MP4 or WebM supported by Chromecast. MP4 is recommended because it can be accepted by most of the devices in the market. 



You can set some video and audio parameters for the video that you are going to output in “Settings”. To get Chromecast compatible AAC audio, just your audio codec to AAC. 

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start to convert your MKV, AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, MPG, MOV video to Chromecast friendly format. 

When the conversion ends, you can tap the Open button to locate the converted files and then share them on TV via Chromecast simply. 

The way using Chromecast to cast video files from your computer to TV with Chrome 

1 Install Google Cast extension for your Chrome web browser on Windows or Mac OS. 
2 Drag and drop your video file into Chrome browser. 
3 Press the Cast button in the Chrome toolbar of your browser. 

Chromecast Android smartphones and tablets screen to your TV 

1 Install Chromecast app for your Android device. 
2 Open the Chromecast app and click Cast Screen button. 
3 Go to media player and play any video from your device. 

If you're having trouble, please try our Chromecast Troubleshooting tips here. Get more solutions at Chromecast Column

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