- Install Airflow – it works on both Windows and Mac, and it’s free, visit http://airflowapp.com to download the app.
- Launch Airflow.
- Drag and drop your video file into the playlist on AirFlow.
- Click on the mirror icon on the top right, after the time-bar, and select your Chromecast, if it isn’t selected automatically.
That’s it, you’re playing. If the file has multiple audio tracks, you can click on the audio button on the right and choose the one you want.
If you want subtitles, click on the None next to subtitles, and choose Load External, if you want to use downloaded subs. If not, click on Search Online, and Airflow will find the subs for you, showing you options in different languages. Of course this option won’t work for your home videos.
That’s all there is to using Airflow, it’s fast to load, plays smoothly, it’s free, finds subtitles for you, and as an added bonus (though this is not unique to Airflow), when you’re casting to the TV like this, Android phones on the same Wi-Fi network will get a small casting control, letting you pause, play, and mute the stream. Just check the notification shade.
That’s everything you need to know about casting videos to a Chromecast from your PC, whether it’s online videos and webpages, or locally stored video. In case you know any way to do this even more easily, let us know via the comments.