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How to play MPG video files on a Windows Server 2003 SP2 Terminal Server via RDP session?

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I have a customer who wants to play MPG video files (MPEG-4 I think?) on a terminal server session.  Someone locally is creating video files and the reviewer is remote.  When he tries to run the file in Windows Media Player 10, he gets the following:

Windows Media Player error when playing MPG file
I downloaded the MS Codecs and installed them, same error.  I saw a post somewhere saying that it was because audio wasn't turned on in the RDP client, but mine is.

I bought WinDVD Pro 11 and installed it.  It then said something to the effect of "RDP not supported."  

Any ideas how to do this?  Ideas for software that will do this over an RDP session?

Thanks,
Bob
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VLC Player should be able to run the program.

However, video via Terminal Service is not going to be the best quality.  Have you considered setting up an FTP connection to allow the user to download/view the video direct on their PC?  You can set up Filezilla server pretty easily on the local PC then set up a shortcut via explorer FTP on the remote reviewer's PC.

Otherwise, if reviewing videos is a constant task, you might also consider connecting with something like Ericom Blaze to improve video streaming performance.
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Thanks for the comment.  I will try VLC Player and get back to you.  

I understand that video via TS is not going to be great.  He's only proofing the general idea of the video and it should be good enough.  If not, he's got a VPN connection and mapped drives, he could just copy the file locally to play it.  He wanted to try this first, though.

Thanks again, I will get back to you...
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Thanks again.  VLC works (as long as I make the picture very small), but I get no audio.  I do have it enabled in the RDP client, so I guess the server doesn't support audio.  Any thoughts?  Otherwise, this would be a good solution.

Thanks,
Bob
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Well, duh, Audio mapping was disabled on the server side.  Thanks.
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As UptimeSystems mentioned, video via RDP is not a good idea.
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