Upgrading the Studio and Chromecast Tricks

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Upgrading the Studio and Chromecast Tricks

This week we go behind the scenes at the Hak5 Studio during our recent studio upgrades. Also Shannon explores some of the hidden features in Chromecast, all that and more this time on Hak5!

Top Tips and Tricks for Your Chromecast
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There are several easy ways to get the most out of your Chromecast. Here are my favorites!
1. Play local media in your Chrome browser to view slideshows, play music, and more by simply pasting the file link into your chrome browser, like this: file:///C:/. From there, choose to "Cast this tab to... Your Chromecast".
2. If you use Plex, you can watch shared videos and other files via the Chrome browser with the same use of the Chromecast browser plugin.
3. When viewing fullscreen videos while your browser is casting to your Chromecast, use ALT + TAB to continue being productive.
4. An experimental screencast can let you cast your entire desktop to your Chromecast. To do this, click on the small arrow, and choose Cast entire screen (experimental). NOTE: This will NOT cast audio.
5. Here's a fun few tweaks. Under the options on your Chromecast extension, you can change your speed, projection quality, and more. Want extra options? If you want even more options under the settings, delete the display:none line under 'Inspect element'.
6. Use an HDMI audio extractor to pipe audio into another system other than your TV. This will set you back around $50.00.
7. Use Google's Remote Desktop App to remote into your local computer in Chrome, then play audio files in VLC, iTunes, etc. Similarly, Use the TeamViewer app on your phone to cast your local PC without having your PC in the same room.