Chromecast is an easy way to stream internet video to your TV from almost any source. Besides, it can also cast local files with the Google cast browser extension. Powered by Micro-USB, it is actually a digital media player. However, you can't directly cast movies played from the laptop's Blu-ray or DVD Drive because of the disc protection. To stream Blu-ray/DVD movies from PC or Mac to your TV using Chromecast, you need to rip the Blu-ray/DVD to digital local movie files and use the Chromecast's local playback workaround to stream the movies to Chromecast.
To finish the task, a Blu-ray/DVD ripping tool is necessary. There are many programs out there that allow you to to make copies of your Blu-rays/DVDs and let your watch them the way you want to view them. If you are looking for an ease-to-use yet powerful one, check out EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper. The program aims to solve this problem in only 3 clicks by giving us the ability to remove disc protection and store our purchased physical Blu-ray and DVD discs to Chromecast playable H.264 MP4/MKV with perfect audio and video sync in HD quality. Besides, this Blu-ray converter and rip BD, DVD, ISO to a wide range of formats, like WMV, MOV, 3GP, FLV, AVI and the list goes on.
For ripping Blu-ray/DVD for casting to Chromecast on Mac OS X(Yosemite included), EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper for Mac is the alternative. See below how to stream Blu-ray/DVD movies from your PC to your TV using Chromecast.
First of all, free download the Blu-ray to Chromecast Converter:
Step 1. Load Blu-ray or DVD movies
Insert your Blu-ray or DVD into your Disc Drive(A BD drive is needed for ripping Blu-ray), and launch the best Blu-ray Ripper for Chromecast. Then click "Load Disc" button to load your movies. This software can also turn your ISO image or VIDEO_TS folder to a Chromecast video.
Step 2. Select the output format
Click "Profile" and select MP4 or MKV as the output format. In the settings, you are allowed to change the frame rate, resolution, bitrate and other specifications of the videos, if the tech terms look taunting to you, proceed to the next step.
Step 3. Start ripping Blu-ray/DVD to Chromecast
Finally, click "start" to rip Blu-ray/DVD movie to mp4. After the conversion, try open a new tab in chrome and drag a converted mp4 movie to the address bar, and use Google cast to send the movie to Chromecast.
How Does Chromecast Work when Streaming Movies
On one hand, Google Chromecast can connect to user's home network through Wi-Fi; on the other hand, it plugs into the HDMI port of a HD television or monitor. The power is supplied by connecting the device's micro-USB port to an external power supply or a USB port.
The following things are required when you want to play audio video with Chromecast:
an external power supply or a USB port;
a PC or Mac;
Chromecast-enabled mobile/web apps
What is the best format for local viewing with Chromecast?
Well it's really down to personal preference, to Chromecast a local movie, you will need to use the chrome browser as the media player. This is the file format supported by chrome: 3gp, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav. Among which mp4 is a really good file format for watching, it kept the file size down without compromising in video quality.