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Initial post: Dec 28, 2012 1:23:29 PM PST
S. Martin says:
Hi all

I hope someone can help me. I have numerous MP4 files I wish to use only my newly purchased Kindle 7", however I cannot watch these through the Video player and all other Video Apps I have tried (MX Player, etc) either cut out or won't let me play the video. I am all out of options as Amazon could not advise me on what do

Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 1:28:17 PM PST
J. Donahue says:
Will your MP4 files play on any other devices?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 1:33:13 PM PST
S. Martin says:
yes they play on my xbox.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 1:55:05 PM PST
J. Donahue says:
Here's a post I copied from another thread that talks about MXPlayer.

See if this works for you.

I love the MX Player -- it works well on the Kindle Fire, even though it's not available in the Amazon Android App store. More about its features and a way to download and install it to the Kindle Fire over WiFi below. It's a very friendly video player, in contrast to the Fire's default of only showing my manually-copied MP4 videos in the Gallery app (dumb place to look for videos and tiny thumbnail makes it too hard to tell which video is which). I also installed the ES File Explorer. It's a nice app, worth installing for other reasons, and lets you see the file name, but I still prefer the MX Player for video playback.

Benefits of the MX Player:
- It's an actual video player with multiple video formats supported.
- It sees the videos I've copied to my Fire and lists them by default.
- It displays my video list with a small thumbnail that shows the video length, and it shows the file name.
- Best of all are the gestures it supports:
-- Seek Position (swipe left/right and a large, friendly display shows exactly how many seconds you're seeking and the time in the video).
-- Brightness (swipe up/down on the left half of the screen)
-- Volume (swipe up/down on the right half of the screen)
-- Video zoom (two-finger pinch; this was a bit awkward for me; I prefer to simply tap their video size menu button -- it cycles through common sizes)
-- All these gestures are supported by default. You can turn any of them off by tunneling deep into the MX Player menus: Tools>Settings>Player>Touch Controls.

How to install MX Player to Kindle Fire over WiFi:
I appreciate the detailed instructions in this thread about how to install the MX Player by sideloading with a USB cable. My variations:

Searching for mxplayer.apk had a lot of hits. I wanted to make sure I was downloading from a legitimate site. I was already looking at the MX Player page on the Google app store (; I just couldn't find a way to download the file directly from there. The solution is to click "Visit Developer's Website" (at the bottom of the MX Player page Description section, just above the App Screenshots). That takes you to:

**Visit that web site using the Web browser on your Kindle Fire and click the download link to download the MX Player file. You'll get an error about permissions unless you've changed your default settings (as indicated elsewhere in this thread) to enable installation of applications from places other than the Amazon android app store.

To allow install, tunnel through the menus, by tapping:
settings (flower-looking thing in upper-right corner of Kindle Fire Home screen) > More > Device > Allow installation of applications > ON

I'm sure there were other taps and choices along the way, but everything else was pretty similar to installing apps from Amazon. Once I knew where to browse online from the Fire to download the file, the rest was easy.

This general process might work for other apps, but your results may vary. I tried to download the Aldiko book reader from and got an error about not enough room for the program when I tried to install it. I had entered a gmail email address and it said it couldn't send email with a link so it provided a link to download a .bin file directly. Download worked, but then install errored. It might have worked with a non-gmail email account.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 6:11:34 AM PST
I can not get videos to play from my Facebook account. I hear the audio but the video itself appears black. I have no idea how to correct this. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 10:35:22 AM PST
tawanna says:
I can't play any videos on my kindle fire hd I tell me that I need video flash player I try to down load it but it still doesn't work ! Is there another video player I could use?
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