Control an iPad with a computer

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    Hello,

    I have a bizarre need... I need to be able to play various videos on an iPad screen but control the playback using a computer. It will be used in a dramatic production.
    An example of this is an actor will hold the iPad up to their face and a video will play. Or an actor talks to an iPad and a video plays. At one point we will put multiple iPads next to each other and a long video will play over all of the displays.
    I need an iPad app that lets a computer control it, and a computer app (mac or pc) that enables you to control the display of multiple iPads simultaneously.

    Is there anything like that, or does anyone have any suggestions as to how to do this?

    Thank you so much
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    What you're asking is impossible. Sorry.
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    Oh okay, thanks
    Is that due to a lack of apps available or physically impossible due to apple restrictions?
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    Check out an app and associated software called MultiVid. It was developed by a magician who wanted to incorporate iPhone and iPads into his performance. Maybe it can fit your need.
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    Does it matter what the video is? Does it matter how large it is? What exact matters about this video that must play?
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    I can only think of one way you might do this, and it's an odd one.

    If you use a remote desktop app like Splashtop you can control a remote computer. The opposite of what you want, really. The point is that the iPad will display whatever is on that computer's screen. So, you could connect the iPad so it can control the computer, and displays the computer's screen, but start the video manually on the computer, which would show on the iPad's screen.

    If that made sense.

    It would be a very tricky workaround. You'd have to play with it a lot to iron out any quirks. The delays might be a problem too, since everything will be streaming over the local wi-fi.
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    Thank you all, I think I will either use multivid (but the interface is unfortunately quite poor) or I will try something like splashtop or air display and use Qlab to control it

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