We say it a lot and we’ll say it again: we love VLC around here, especially because it supports video formats that a lot of other options don’t. It’s starting to return to iOS as of yesterday, and a new changelog published on GitHub suggests a new version is also on its way for Android, Mac, Windows 8.1 and Linux. With it may come one major new feature: support for streaming to the Chromecast.
Right now, if you’re trying to send video files from Android to your Chromecast that aren’t otherwise supported by other apps, your best bet is to check out what I use: AllCast. It’s solid but it’s still not perfect. Just last night, for example, I noticed that video files that otherwise work perfectly fine in VLC still don’t play properly in AllCast. That means I’m not able to stream all of the videos stored on my phone right to the TV, and it also means that VLC is about to solve that problem.
The changelog specifically refers to a “Chromecast output module,” and also hints at some improvements coming to the new iOS app, including improved responsiveness and reliability. We don’t know when the update is coming, but it seems likely that it will hit soon.