How to remotely controll your PC while watching movies

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Shiva, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. Shiva

    Shiva Guest


    I often watch movies by displaying the PC-screen on my TV. But if I want
    pause, rewind etc. the movie, then I have to stand up, walk to the PC and
    carry out the thing I want.
    I wonder if there are remote controls (like the ones supplied with a
    television set) that can remotely control the PC. The remote control does
    not have to able to do anything a mouse can, it would be sufficient if such
    functions like play, stop, pause are supported.
    So does this exist and what can you recommend?

    Thanks a lot.
    Shiva, Jan 5, 2006
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  2. Shiva

    Steve L. Guest

    You can use a laptop with a wireless connection and a remote desktop
    application like Windows Remote Desktop. Assuming Windows xp.

    Steve L.

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    Steve L., Jan 5, 2006
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    Mr Blobby Guest

    Lots of TV cards come with a remote control sensor, or you can buy
    them standalone too. (<> is one example).
    Then you can use a program like Girder (<>) to
    translate remove control signals into mouse presses/keyboard presses
    to control your programs.

    Or if you have a joypad with a long cable you could use that instead?
    Mr Blobby, Jan 5, 2006
  4. Shiva

    Ginchy Guest

    It does indeed exist its called a wireless keyboard and mouse available for
    about 20 quid!
    Ginchy, Jan 5, 2006
  5. Shiva

    J. Clarke Guest

    If you don't need to be connected to a domain and can afford the price, XP
    Media Center Edition is designed for this purpose and there are special
    remotes (and a keyboard as well) intended specifically to work with it.

    Beyond that, there are many wireless keyboards that have control keys for
    media players that work with most of the major products. The Logitech
    DiNovo series are nice but they are not the only ones.
    J. Clarke, Jan 14, 2006
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