All your movies, TV shows, music, photos, podcasts, and videos can be easily organized and played by Plex. Whether in your living room, the car, or on a boat in the South Pacific, you can play all of your media at your fingertips to cast other media files from a local or remote computer to Google Chromecast by running Plex Media Server. However, Chromecast is a digital media player that allows you to enjoy various multimedia content, but only Google Chromecast supported formats can be played directly. That means, MKV can't be streamed to Chromecast, even though Plex media server supports a wide range of multimedia formats. While in this article, you will learn about how you can stream MKV to Chromecast media player by using Plex.
Before we get to the how-to-use part, let's run through what you'll need to follow along the requirements, that are with this solution of streaming local media contents including MKV to Chromecast via Plex, so that they can be done without any problem:
|Supported File Formats of Google Chromecast|
|Format||Video Codec||Audio Codec|
|MP4||H.264 High Profile Level 4.1 (the processor can decode up to 720/60 or 1080/30)||
See, it said that Google Chromecast currently can't support directly play the media file with MKV container. To stream local MKV to Chromecast is not as simple as many expected. Google intends to make Chromecast an internet thing, not a local media player. But what if you really want to get MKV files working with Chromecast via Plex? In order to stream MKV files via Plex Media Server without hassle, using Dimo Video Converter Ultimate to stream local MKV media to Chromecast via Plex is the simplest method, it can effortlessly break out the severe limitation by the media formats that you can play through Chrome browser after casting from Plex.
This video app is the most professional software to fast transcode MKV to Google Chromecast by streaming from PLex media server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format both for Plex and Chromecast) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF, MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is the right choice.
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Step 1 Load MKV files to the program
Launch the application on your computer, click "Add File" to import MKV files to this program for transcoding MKV to play with Chromecast.
Step 2 Choose Chromecast supported file format
Click "Select Format" button, from its drop-down options, choose the output Chromecast supported file format by the comming "Video" > "MP4"; if to get HD playback quality, please go to "HD Video" > "HD MP4".
Step 3 Choose Chromecast supported audio codec
Click "Settings" to open parameters settings window to reset resolution, bitrate and framerate etc. Besides, under "Audio" section, click "codec" drop-down list, select aac or mp3 as the proper audio codec for Chromecast.
Tips: If you find the playback is choppy, you can always manually turn the bitrate down. Remember with the right media parameters' settings you can gain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. That is particularly helpful when streaming over your network via Plex to Chromecast. Simply click "Settings" button and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction.
Step 4 Carry out the conversion process
Go back to the main interface, hit right-bottom "Start" button to automatically begin the conversion from MKV to Chromecast supported video/audio codec conversion process. After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex Media Server will recognize, catalog, play all these MKV files. Install Plex apps for Chromecast so you can stream and enjoy your beautifully organized MKV media on Chromecast at ease.
If you get any problems in using Plex media server to stream MKV to Chromecast, please feel free to Email Us or comment below to let us know what kinds of problems you're having with MKV casting and we'll see what we can do to help.