You're asking the wrong question. You're looking to find a way to play video on your iPad from your computer via RDP. You should be asking how to play the video natively on your ipad. RDP is the wrong tool for the job.
Unfortunately, since you don't mention what kind of video you're dealing with, I can't fully answer that underlying question of how to play it. I can suggest a few ways to play video on iPads though:
- If its a local video file, there are tons of options. Do some searching for video playing apps, there are plenty that will play them. I use Oplayer personally. I put my video files in a shared folder on my computer, which Oplayer can access. I copy the file to the iPad inside Oplayer, and then play it.
- If the video is from a website that streams video, your options are limited. Search the App Store to see if that site has an app that will let you view their videos. If the video is a TV show, you should check Imdb or Wikipedia to see who makes the show and which network airs it, as that may point you to an app that will have that show in it.
I hope this helps. I recommend posting more details on the video you're trying to watch, as that'll help us give you more useful advice on how to get it to your iPad.
Now that you've mentioned Twitch.tv specifically, and the issues you're having, I can provide more accurate advice. Something to try is to just open http://twitch.tv/ in Safari. Their site has extremely limited support for this though. Only some streams are accessible this way, it looks like only Featured streams can be viewed. In addition, you can't view archived streams.
I also did some digging to see if there was a way to use your computer to mirror or transcode the Twitch.tv streams, but the usual tool I look to for this, PlayOn, doesn't have support built-in and I couldn't find a plug-in that adds it.
There's a manual way to get the archived streams to your iPad. You can download the .flv of an archived stream (per this thread):
- Install a 3rd party video player on your iPad off the App Store. You need one that plays .flv files. As previously-mentioned, I use Oplayer.
- On your computer, go to the page with the archived stream.
- Click 'Share', and copy the link. It'll be in a format of
http://www.twitch.tv/<user name>/b/<video ID>
- Take the video ID and put it into this URL:
- In the XML, find the video_file_url elements, and download the .flv files in the link. If the video is less than 30 minutes, there will only be one video_file_url element. If the video is longer than 30 minutes, it's split into 30 minute .flv files, when naming the downloaded files, be sure to include an indicator in the file names for their order.
- Transfer the .flv files into the video playing app on your iPad. (Oplayer supports a few ways to get videos into it, including http, ftp, and Samba. If you setup a share on your computer that you can throw the .flv files into, then Oplayer can download them wirelessly)
- Play the video(s), and enjoy.
In between 5 & 6, you can optionally use a tool to merge the multiple .flv files into one .flv file that has the whole video.