AllCast and Chromecast break up, get back together again
+John Affaki from the Google Chromecast team poked me 30 minutes ago to readd Chromecast support. I was going to put it off until this weekend, but he indicated with the existing AllCast design, it would be almost no extra code on my part. He was right.
The implementation was very trivial. Took me maybe 20 minutes.
Love all cast, but would love it even more if I could have a list of file names for videos rather than thumbnails. Sometimes, particularly with TV series its hard to work out which file you are picking. Keep up the great work!
+Koushik Dutta Is it possible that the chromecast is inccapable of streaming 1080p content. I have an auto-awesomed movies at 1080p on my phone that completely refused to play on the chromecast. It just keep stuttering...
+Koushik Dutta So I'm curious - to cast local content, is the content first uploaded to some web server? Not to sound paranoid, but I'm wondering about where the content goes and / or how it's stored, partially for privacy reasons.
+Edward Herr I agree for the most part. Although in the past, I have been using a dlna/WiFi certified bluray player in combination with the skifta app to wirelessly move movies from PC or android device to my TV. It worked very well. If this app isn't cleaned up, I'll have to stick with that for viewing local content at home.
+Nathan Shively -- does video play normally after a few seconds? Might be wifi network utilization and buffering. I took a snapshot of utilization on my 802.11n network while playing 720p video on Chromecast. It hit 28Mbit/sec.
+Edward Herr video usually stops stuttering after a few seconds in. However some of my home videos are displayed sideways. This does not happen when I use dlna setup. The video that are displaying sideways appear verticle in all other players. They uploaded to YouTube vertically as well. Strange
got the gPlay services update on my cyanogenmod 10.2 Nook HD+ and technically Allcast is working fine. Just no way to stop it and the nav buttons quit working. Oh well, maybe CM 11 will play nicer. I'll give it a try later.
+Koushik Dutta that's pretty fast. Thanks for the app. I know it's not fair to put a feature request in G+, but, now, is it possible to cast the entire android screen to chromecast? This removes our necessity to connect hdmi cables etc.
AllCast is working with my Chromecast and I'm able to stream local videos. However, I'm noticing that many of them are playing sideways. Is this something that will need to be fixed in the app itself or do I need to modify something on my end?
Yeh on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 working fine but video streaming isn't... Some avi file i have on it and could play back...BUT Samsung promo video looks HD. I download the same video to Galaxy tab and problem is same.. HD video playback is laggy...
Other things what i don't understand. The picture size. The photo was taken by N5 and pixel is 3264x2448 and this pictures arent full screen on my TV. Uploaded an other wahat was taken by Canon ixus that pic is 4000x2248 and that one is full screen. So why???
+Tony Roman After restarting one of the Chromecasts and the Allcast app some ... 6-8 times, BOTH of my Chromecasts showed up all of a sudden.... So I guess the issue is related to the app and not the Chromecast-device? +Koushik Dutta After restarting the App a few times on my Galaxy SII, they started showing there as well...
Great start for the beta! So far it works with my S4 very nicely. I do have some issues with it all of a sudden crashing and it will not restart. Also, the playback controls don't work as of yet. There also seems no way to end the cast and stop video. But I do understand this is the first official step towards an awesome future. Thanks and looking forward to the updates.
+Koushik Dutta How did you get access to rev 15 of the Google Play Services SDK? Mine's still showing up as rev 14 in the SDK Manager. Google's SDK site says it won't show up until Google Play Services 4.2 rollout is complete (which they say may take a few days). So did you download it from some other place?
Works, but very buggy. First video worked fine ... then after casting a few pictures and a song it stopped casting at all. Also, I am unable to cast using the long press > share with Allcast method. == stock Verizon S3, updated play services ==
Hmm. Doesn't seem to work on my Chromecast. I made sure to install the Google Play Sevices, but i't only finds all my DLNA devices. No Chromecast. Does it make any difference, that my Chromecast is rooted?
i bought the premium allcast for playing movies to my chromecast. it plays the movie fine, but i cant pause or scrub though the movie, it says no media playback, and hitting stop stops the movie with slight delay. im using a 2012 nexus 7. any suggestions? this could get tiresome especially if i dont want to watch the first half of the movie :/
I have it running on my Nexus 5, but it only finds one chromecast. I have 4. Is this by design? At first I thought it was limited by AP, but the N5 and lone found chromecast are both on different APs. It doesn't even find the one on the same AP.
+Anders Dalsgaard Me too! I'm rooted. And DO not wanna lose root on my Chromecast after searching for 3 days for an old serial at Best Buy! I've unplugged Chromecast about 10 times, Rebooted phone Made sure I have 4.2.xxx of Play Services. Help +Koushik Dutta !!!
Isn't there a way for an app to force an update to Google Play Services? I know I've seen this from Google first-party apps: If you flash a gapps from before I/O 2013, then update Google Talk to Google Hangouts, upon first launch Hangouts will definitely invoke this process.
+nathan briggs do you mean on the Play Services apk on Android devices or the library used by Android developers when writing apps? I'm not aware of any priority for getting developers updates, not getting staging roll outs early enough drives me nuts. But I do have the updated app on my device.
+Nathan Jones The only explanation is that either John Affaki also poked the SDK in advance to Koush, or Koush doesn't use the SDK at all (unlikely). In any case, the rest of the world is still waiting...
Everything is working fine here, but I have noticed that widescreen black bars appear grey when using AllCast. The bars are dark black when casting the same files with Avia, so it should not be a TV setting.
Works pretty well when casting directly from allcast app. However, when using the cast button from another app, such as gallery or photos, I get a "Now Playing: no media playback in progress" message. Anyone else have this issue? On a Nexus 5.
Ok, props to Koush on this app. I went ahead and purchased the licence. But when I went home yesterday to give it a try. I played some vid's off my phone and they keep stopping to and stuttering. To the point that it makes it useless to watch. these are simple video's Ive shot from my phone of my family. I have a VZW GS3 that creates .mp4 videos. My concern is that if I put an actual HD movie on my phone... will it even play it without stuttering the entire time. Once more question, how do we communicate with +Koushik Dutta regarding issues like this??
+Koushik Dutta - Is there a way to see the file names for the files in the app, instead of just the icons. It can sometimes be hard to search for media without the names. Also is there a way to specify a path from which the android app can look for media files? This can be helpful if we have lots of media files on the phone and do not want to to cast them all on the TV. Casting only from certain folders can help manage the files a lot better I feel?
Guys - Is there a difference in the files that I will see listed undet the video tab depending on the device that I select? I have noticed that on my Samsung GS3 App for All Cast , I don't see all the video files if I select to cast on my Samsung Smart TV. Is this because the TV cannot play all formats? Will the list be different if I select to cast on my chromecast? I don't have the latest google play services installed on my phone yet so I cannot try with Chromecast yet. I am waiting for the google play services to get updated.
Is there any way to tell Allcast which folder path to look at for audio files? I have a mp3 recorder app that I record short guitar clips on to remember for later. I have it save to my SD card. But Allcast can not see it. Am i missing a setting ?
Koush i've installed google play services 4.2.39 and plug out/in the chromecast as discussed earlier. However, i still could not cast my dropbox vid. It kept saying prompting, 'unfortunately, google play services has stopped' please help. Thank you
How are you guys casting mp3's? Right now it seems that I am only able to see the mp3's in my download folder (phone's built in memory). I would like to see mp3's on my phones micro sd card. Is this possible? Maybe this is a limitation of the trial app? I have a mp3 recorder app that I use to document quick guitar song idea and I would love to be able to cast them to my stereo to hear through my speakers. Any help would be appreciated.
Does streaming via Allcast to chromecast from SMB source work for anyone? Bought the full Version of allcast and have the latest Google play services apk installed. Any hints are appreciated, thanks. :)
Edit: I know that chromecast support is beta, just wondering if it already works.
+Balint Gulyas I had to mess with my video setting on my Galaxy S3 until I found one that would not stutter. I ended up going with 1280x720 for my Resolution setting, and 'Fine' for my Video Quality (bit rate?) setting. If I tried any higher setting, the choppiness would start.