Google Chrome will finally support casting local files
One of the handy features in Google Chrome is the ability to cast just about anything. The browser is great for casting videos, music, a specific tab, or the entire desktop. However, there’s one thing you can’t cast from within Chrome: local files. François Beaufort has once again shared a new feature of Chrome on Google+. This one addresses the lacking cast ability.
The cast pop-up now includes a new “Cast file” option. Users will be able to select a video or audio file from the explorer and cast it to an appropriate device. This feature is rolling out in the Beta channel, but not everyone will see it right away. You can force the experiment by restarting the browser with the –enable-features=EnableCastLocalMedia switch enabled. Find out how to do that right here.
Google is always working to make Chrome your one-stop shop for all things. Now it’s possible to cast local media files directly from the browser. No more 3rd-party apps or extensions required. Of course, it’s still probably easier to cast from streaming services, but it’s always nice to have extra options. If you do a lot of media casting this feature should come in handy.
Source: François Beaufort