What is Chromecast?
Chromecast is a simple yet outstanding video-streaming device found and manufactured by Google which enables the user to attach this device to the HDMI port of their television and enjoy a seaming less video and picture quality.
There are a total of three Chromecast models released till date. The very first model was released back in 2013 for the price of $35 and was available for sale in the U.S. market immediately after its launch. The second model was an audio-only model known as the Chromecast audio launched in 2015 and the third and the latest model known as the Chromecast Ultra launched in late 2016 features both high-quality (4K resolution)visuals as well as audio.
All the models have received an overwhelming response from the public. Over 30 million pieces were sold untillMay 2015 and the cast received a humongous 1.5 billion stream requests worldwide. It was also termed as the best-selling streaming device in the United States by the NDP Group in 2014.
The Chromecast offers two different methods of streaming content.
1. The first one is by the use of mobile and web applications that support Chromecasttechnology (according to google there are over 20000 applications which support this technology)
2. The second method is the mirroring method where you can mirror the content running on google chrome as well as some android devices too.
Whenever a situation arises where no content is being played on the Chromecast, it sets itself on the ‘Backdrop’ feature and shows various other things like personalized photos, videos, weather, news etc.
Google Chromecast received a major update back in 2015 to its Chromecast audio (an audio-only device) where the user would be able to connect multiple Chromecast devices together across a specified range of network and play similar audio. This was made possible with the help of Google home mobile application.
*Coming to the second part of this article, that is VLC. This article will further explain VLC and its features*
What is VLC?
VLC media player is an open-source free of cost media player that can be downloaded on any system whetherdesktop or mobile and can be used to play videos in high qualities. It was initially developed by Video LAN projects and is now available to all devices in every operating system be it Android, iOS, Windows series, Linux, Apple TV, Mac OS etc.
It was released back in the year 2001 is now one of the most used and popular video streaming software used worldwide as it supports a ton of video formats and file formats DVD-Video, CD, AVI, MKV and much more.
As stated earlier VLC Media player plays all the media files irrespective of their format, whether they are complete or not or are still being downloaded in a peer-to-peer format, m2t MPEG transport streams (.TS) files can also be played during the process of its conversion from an HD Camera by a FireWire cable. It can also display ISO images.
Coming to the audio part. VLC is capable of playing all audio files with the help of libavcodec and libavformat. H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, FLV, MXF are just some example of the audio supporting files. The software has the capacity to mirror, split, rotate, distort, have a logo layover on the video and cam even output the video as an ASCII art.
System Compatibility: –
1. WINDOWS: –
A recent crowdfunding has been initiated for funding the development of VLC to support the Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems. Other than these three, it supports all other windows versions.
2. ANDROID: –
A VLC android application was launched in 2012, but due to its unstable nature and bug issues, it was withdrawn in the same year to be further developed. VLC Version 1.0 was launched in late 2014 which was stable and was an instant hit.
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