Google Cast Beta extension for Chromecast gets an update with 1080p tab casting Support
The Google Chromecast device is still one of my favorite little additions to my home. It makes things extremely easy to keep the cord cut in our home. A new update to the Chrome Cast Beta plug-in for your Chrome browser has landed and offers up a nice little bit of options for your casting needs. Similar to the Chrome Beta app for Android, the Google Cast Beta plugin is more like a testing ground for the brave to play with additional features that may or may not find their way to the more standard, and often times more stable, release of the same plugin. The update to the Beta version of this plugin brings in some nice little tweaks.
In the plugin’s settings you will find a section towards the bottom called ‘Custom mirroring settings’. They make sure to make a special note that this section is for ‘Advanced users only.’ In this section you can adjust your minimum and maximum bitrates in kbps, along with adjusting the maximum capture framerate. A final setting in the list lets you swap around from 854 x 480, 1280 x 720 and 1920 x 1080. The standard Google Cast extension only offers three options and none of the fancy adjustment options that the beta version offers. It keeps you at a maximum of 720p with a High or Extreme bitrate option.
It is fun to play about with if you have a little knowledge and respectable internet connection/router. I gave it a whirl myself and the image is much crisper on my 39′ HD TV. Sadly there are some nefarious internet issues plaguing the area today, so anything that requires any sort of good connection speed is worthless for me.
Head to the Chrome web store to install the Google Cast Beta extension and play about with the settings.
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