Is anybody aware of such an application (that actually works)?
I can use this fine, with some gotchas:
It'll only allow different users on the same gsuite account to connect. I can't, for example, invite a personal gmail account or an account on a different gsuite domain.
We use Google Meet at work for meetings, which also supports "Casting to a meeting", but that requires gsuite as well.
I've been following the project for a while and the answer, unfortunately, is "not very". It does actually work as a sink (WiFi P2P discovery included) and there's a WIP branch with source support (eg for sending your screen to another device).
IIRC it still requires exclusive control over your WiFi card so it doesn't play nice with NetworkManager or similar, and it's just all around just not really ready for casual use. The main dev has been great though and the core functionality is shaping up nicely.
> Chromecast support is everywhere and VLC took years to get it, right, but there are plenty of good reasons for it:
> First of all, VideoLAN is a nonprofit organization and not a company. There are few developers paid for making VLC, most of them do it in their free time. That’s how you get VLC for free and without any ads!
> Also, VLC is 100% Open Source and Chromecast SDK isn’t: We had to develop our very own Chromecast stack by ourselves. This is also why there is no voice actions for VLC (except with Android Auto), we cannot use Google Play Services.
> Furthermore, Chromecast is not designed to play local video files: When you watch a Youtube video, your phone is just a remote controller, nothing more. Chromecast streams the video from youtube.com.
That’s where it becomes complicated, Chromecast only supports very few codecs number, let’s say h264. Google ensures that your video is encoded in h264 format on youtube.com, so streaming is simple.
With VLC, you have media of any format. So VLC has to be a http server like youtube.com, and provide the video in a Chromecast compatible format. And of course in real time, which is challenging on Android because phones are less powerful than computers.
> At last, VLC was not designed to display a video on another screen. It took time to properly redesign VLC to nicely support it. The good news is we did not make a Chromecast specific support, it is generic renderers: in the next months we can add UPnP support for example, to cast on any UPnP box or TV!
I'm sure it will get better, but give them some more time.
Love it, good work.
I personally have been using https://getvideostream.com/ which I like, but awesome to see an open source alternative.
I have a Chromecast, but don't use/have/want Chrome.
"Chromecast only supports a handful of subtitle formats, .srt not included. But it does support WebVTT. So we extract whatever subtitles are in your video, convert them to WebVTT, and then reattach them to the video through Chomecast's API."
Did you attempt to get this ported to VLC?
>If media codecs are supported by your Chromecast device, VLC only acts as a streaming server (which is battery consuming). If not, VLC will transcode and stream media, which is highly cpu and battery consuming.
One question - Is the back-end modular enough, that anybody can read the source and write the front-end in PyQt?