New version of this program just added Chromecast support. Looks promising, but very buggy (see below).
Information link: http://support.wondershare.com/media-center/
Download link on this page: http://support.wondershare.com/media...r/history.html
Wondershare is a Chinese company that has published a lot of low-cost video apps over the last several years. I've tried some of their video converters and DVD authoring programs. They are frequently given away on Giveawayoftheday.com. They have a full-featured video converter program, so it would be logical for them to have a Chromecast extension that could transcode. I'm also curious o see how this interacts with Chrome, since every other app I know that can cast to the Chromecast from a PC has to run within Chrome. I'll try it...
No good on Win7 64-bit, crashes a few seconds after starting:
MediaCenter has stopped working
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: MediaCenter.exe
Application Version: 18.104.22.168
Application Timestamp: 5319ad9a
Fault Module Name: DeviceDiscovery.dll
Fault Module Version: 22.214.171.124
Fault Module Timestamp: 5318a4f7
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00001bd4
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033
Win7 32-bit on another computer: same crash
Also has an error on startup on WinXP and can't find the Chromecast (yes, I can cast from Chrome running on WinXP, I know it's not officially supported).
Error is: "The procedure entry point inet_pton could not be located in WS_32.dll"
That's 3 for 3. Obviously not ready for prime time. Better give it a few days for Wondershare to fix initial bugs before you waste time trying it.
Update: problem identified as an incompatibility with Roku media players on the same network.
Also note that it has a couple of types of bad behavior:
1. Installs Wondershare Helper to auto-run on Windows startup (common to their other apps, can be removed from startup without hurting anything)
2. Starts auto-indexing ALL drives and media files on your system without prompting to ask which folders you want to index. In fact it has no settings at all to control auto-indexing.