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#1  January 15, 2020 - 12:58am
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iPhone X
IOS 13.3 (17C54)
Infuse Pro 6.2.5 (2888)

When I try casting .mkv files to Chromecast I get this error message:
Not available for this video type.

Is there any solution to this?
This dampened my enthusiasm about Infuse a bit since Infuse's description on the App Store mentions mkv.
These mkv files do play on my iPhone, but they don't cast to Chromecast.

The files I've tried were:
Dolor.y.Gloria.2019.1080p.NF.WEB-Rip.DDP5.1.HEVC-DDR[EtHD].mkv
Pajaros de verano (2018) @CanalesLocos.mkv

See attached images for technical details about these 2 video files.
They're a screenshot from VLC's Codec tab.

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  January 15, 2020 - 8:02am
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HEVC files aren’t supported for casting. Same limitation as airplay.

  January 15, 2020 - 2:40pm
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oh ok.
The only app that was able to cast the aforementioned 2 mkv files was PlayerXtreme, however not satisfactorily.
The video image would appear and play on the screen but buffer every 2 seconds.

Will Infuse ever support casting HEVC?

  January 15, 2020 - 3:24pm
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This might be a limitation of your chromecast. Which one do you have? According to googles developer docs the only chromecast that supports h265 is the chromecast ultra.

  January 15, 2020 - 3:30pm
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My Chromecast is not the Ultra, it's the 2nd gen, the one that got the update to support 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks over gen1.

So if I install Chromecast Ultra, is it guaranteed that those 2 H.265 files I mentioned before will play smoothly on Chromecast Ultra via Infuse?

As for PlayerXtreme, I guess it makes some sort of local conversion within the iPhone because with PlayerXtreme the video shows on Chromecast, but it buffers every 2 seconds, so that isn't usable. But it's a different behaviour than not showing the video at all with an error message on the phone saying that the format isn't supported.

  January 15, 2020 - 3:50pm
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You’re right it’s probably doing a conversion hence the poor experience. As for the chromecast ultra working I have no idea as I don’t own one. There might be iOS limitations to consider as well. When dealing with chromecast the only assurance to a 100% guaranteed experience is when using android.

You could buy an ultra from amazon and if it doesn’t work return it.