April 29th, 2015
Following on from Piccastr, I’ve been working on a Windows implementation of a Chromecast tool. Chris’ Chromecast Console is what I’ve come up with. It’s the result of a lot of work translating the program to work simply on Windows. But I don’t suppose you want to hear much about that, so let’s detail what it does!
It sends photos, videos, or music straight from your PC to your Chromecast. There’s no need to redirect through a mobile phone, the internet, or anything else. You can send directly from your Laptop to the Chromecast. Some key features:
- Put JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF pictures on your Chromecast by clicking on it. Chris’ Chromecast Console supports EXIF rotation to correct image orientation before sending it to the Chromecast (no more sideways images!)
- Or put lots of pictures in a folder and play them all as a slideshow (or if your laptop has an SD card reader you could play a slideshow straight from your camera’s SD card).
- Play MP3 or WAV files by clicking on them.
- Or put lots in a folder and play them on loop.
- Volume Control (because I’m sure the neighbours don’t appreciate the loudness of the music I’m listening to to help me learn Dutch)
- Show a picture slideshow and play music on loop at the same time.
- NEW: Recurse pictures in subfolders option
- Play MOV/WEBM/MPG/MP4/AVI/OGG/M4V Video files directly from your PC to your chromecast (when you also install FFMPEG). Video Support is Experimental (but cool!)
- Adjust FFMPEG transcoding string to your geeky heart’s content (or not if you don’t want to!)
- Option to Autoconnect to a Chromecast device (if it is turned on) when you open the program. Who wants to waste time clicking connect?!
- Option to Restore the app connection if another app tries to take control of the Chromecast (i.e keep your slideshow running).
- Self-Aggrandizing Program name with ample, awesome, alliteration.
This program is now free, gratis. The only thing I ask is that you help spread the word about it on your social media accounts.
There’s some requirements for your computer to run the software. First and foremost you’re going to need Apple Bonjour installed. If you’ve got iTunes then you already have it. If not, the simplest way to get it is to install Bonjour Print Services from this link:
Bonjour Print Services (No Longer Required)
The next requirement is optional. If you want to play videos then you need FFMPEG. FFMPEG is a genius program that converts video formats. My program uses this to convert any video you play into a format the Chromecast can play before sending it. You can get it here: (download the 32bit Static Version)
Phew! Done that? Now finally the program itself. You can get it from here:
Once you’ve installed it, if you’re using FFMPEG, you’ll want to open it and go into options and browse to where FFMPEG is on your system.
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