New Extension for Chromecast Lets You Cast Most Online Videos to Your TV

screenshot of vidcast chromecast bookmarklet for chrome

Have you been itching to cast more online video to your TV using Chromecast? Now you might be able to! Mere days after Google opened the Chromecast SDK to developers, there’s already a new way to cast online videos to your TV. Just play a video file in Chrome, click the VidCast bookmarklet and wait for your video to load. Paul Arterburn, cofounder of, created the extension in about four hours according to Mashable.

The bookmarklet officially works with Vimeo, TED, FunnyOrDie and the media center software Plex (bypassing the Plex Pass subscription requirement), but other Web videos formatted in MP4, WebM or OGG formats should also cast. AVI and other less common formats don’t work with VidCast.

If you’re having trouble casting a video, try disabling Flash in Chrome and the website you’re viewing might convert to a pure HTML5 player, which should work with VidCast.

VidCast works by finding the video file on a website and prioritizing its larger resolution. Once the video loads in your browser just click play to view it over Chromecast.

Install the VidCast bookmarklet to your Chrome browser here.

Have you seen any other new ways to use Chromecast since the Google Cast SDK was released?

Lauren Mobertz

By Lauren Mobertz

Lauren is the former managing editor for DashBurst. One part geek, one part urban nomad, she is constantly scouting for the latest tech and world news. In the evenings you'll find Lauren running in strange places or attempting to dance salsa.