Forget the Chrome browser, try casting videos from your desktop to Chromecast with Fling


Yesterday was a big day for Chromecast development. We had Koushik Dutta’s AirCast release, and then late last night we had a desktop application released from Leon Nicholls. Since the Chromecast supports casting from the Chrome browser, many of you have been trying to cast local video from your desktop/laptop. However, the results aren’t usually anything to brag about.

Well Leon Nicholls has been demonstrating a lot of cool stuff in regards to the Chromecast on his Google+ page, and he is now giving us a chance to join in on the fun. Fling is a desktop application that will “fling” videos from your desktop/laptop to your Chromecast. It is written in Java and should work on any OS as long as you have JRE installed. You will also need the latest version of VLC installed (preferably 64 bit) since it handles the transcoding.

Just open the Fling app on your desktop/laptop. After it finds your available Chromecasts, select one of them and drag and drop any video onto the app. Depending on the transcoding settings, it might take 10 to 15 seconds for the video to start playing. You will have pause and stop controls as well the ability to tweak the transcoding settings to suit your needs. I have tried it with AVI, MP4, and MKV videos, and most have been successful. It will even work for audio files as well. Be sure to hit the post link to get in on the conversation and help Leon continue to improve Fling.

source: +Leon Nicholls / Download Fling


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • yentrog31

    Fling never found my CK.

  • Rob in Katy

    Fling doesn’t play audio with mp4 on my mac… seems to be nice video though. No luck with avi at all.