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MP4 Video File On A Kindle Fire???


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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 7:36:19 AM PST
Gene B. says:
MX Player 1.4a is the best multiformat video player that works with the Fire imo (I've played with about 4 different apps). It plays every video file there is, and is the only one to utilize the dual core processor the Fire uses well enough.

To get that app or others, one would need to "sideload" the file from their computer. This may sound complicated, but it's a breeze to do.

First you need to go into your Fire's settings and allow the installation of 3rd party applications under the Device heading. Then, from the Amazon Marketplace on the Fire, search for and download the AndroXplorer (application that allows you to look at the folders in the onboard storage) app.

1. On your computer, search the internet for "application name.apk" (application name being whatever the apps name is in the Android Market + the .apk file extension)
2. If you can find it, download it to your desktop
3. Plug your Fire into your computer with a micro usb cable (most andorid/BB phones came with one).
4. In your file explorer, the Fire will show up as an external hdd. Open it, and create a new folder called downloads or apps, etc.
5. Drag/drop the downloaded .apk files from your desktop to this new folder.
6. On your Fire, hit "disconnect" from usb hosting, then navigate to the AndroXplorer app.
7. In the app, open the "sdcard" folder from the main screen and find your newly created folder.
8. Within your folder, you should see the apk files you dropped in. Click on them, and you will be presented with your typical Android app install agreement.
9. Rinse and Repeat

Just as a note, applications that require permissions such as a license (Pro versions, etc.) will not work since they will need to go through the Amazon Market for verification, and that won't work because they don't exist there. Also, applications such as Google + and Google Music won't work because your associated google account info is not on the Fire and can't be manually entered. And it should go without saying, applications that use GPS, Cell, or the like connections wont work either.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 8:19:14 AM PST
Sami Hero says:
thanks. This is exactly where the video shows up. Music can be moved over as MP3 and it shows up in the music app (weird that it's not consistent).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 1:13:50 PM PST
Brad says:
Genius here!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 1:38:08 PM PST
Chiho Chan says:
i just loaded several movies onto the kindle fire... some dvd rips and personal videos. i encoded it using handbrake with the proper settings. they do NOT show up in the video section of the kindle fire. the only way to access them is through using the gallery app. not a dealbreaker and a bit inconvenient but meh. i wish they would have recognized all videos.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 4:13:57 PM PST
mdford1973 says:
Thank you hrbud! I was getting frustrated with this thing.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011, 5:19:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2011, 6:29:24 PM PST
BingoBug says:
I haven't been able to find anywhere to download the apks to my computer they all just want to install to an Android device. Please post a download location for me.

finally found it . . thanks . . as they said, it works!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 6:37:50 PM PST
BJWright says:
Gene - wow! thanks for the detailed instructions. Worked like a charm and I am watching my .avi files on the Fire. Great thing about it is that it the instructions can be used for other .apk files as needed.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011, 6:46:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2011, 7:14:48 PM PST
I got the movie to the Fire. Sucks that it does not show up in videos. Surely there is a way around that. I also did the MV Player.

There is something I hate on both players and that is the frickin option bar at the bottom. Even when its hidden.. its not really hidden. Amazon claims this device is designed to vanish in your hand while viewing your content.... well sorry but its not working with that little bar glaring back at me while I watch movies. Is there no way to make that go away ?

Posted on Nov 16, 2011, 7:01:32 PM PST
Patrick Mise says:
Most pain in my ass I would just pay to deal with less

Posted on Nov 16, 2011, 7:03:03 PM PST
Patrick Mise says:
Most pain in my ass I would just pay to deal with less @

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 7:21:44 PM PST
L. Rosen says:
I sideloaded an old MP4 that was encoded with Handbrake (for my Archos tablet) and it "almost" worked. The MP4 was wide-screen anamorphic (made from an anamorphic DVD) and, although it worked fine on the Archos, it displayed squished on the KF. When I reconverted it as non-anamorphic, it worked fine on the KF.

Also, I am not at all impressed by the Gallery app. Unless there is a trick to it, if I put several MP4 files into the Video folder on the KF, all I can see in the Gallery app is several tiny thumbnails with no easy way to determine which thumbnail is which video (I don't consider "properties" on separate thumbnails as useful).

Do other people just sideload a different video player?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 8:03:32 PM PST
seulater says:
Thanks hrbud, Finally a straight answer!

Hey amazon, that is just plain stupid that when i load my videos into the video folder it does not show up under videos.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 8:07:00 PM PST
@seulater: If you want to be certain that someone from Amazon hears your request, please send an email to kindle-feedback@amazon.com - we are mainly Kindle owners here, not from Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011, 9:31:29 PM PST
Thank you for this! I put a handbrake video on mine and could not find it. So thank you!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011, 2:16:12 AM PST
Thank you, Gene B.! Perfect instructions - I found the MX Player apk, installed it per your instructions, transferred some videos to my Fire, and it works great!

Posted on Nov 17, 2011, 2:42:02 AM PST
If there is a way, I bet Handbrake updates soon to be able to convert for the fire. I advise people copy and paste Gene's instructions into a document and save it. They will come in handy when more things are made that work with the fire that amazon won't add to the appstore.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011, 7:49:24 PM PST
Not true. I've been using Handbrake to encode h.264 codec videos (in .mp4 container files) and they play fine on the KF. They do not show up in the list of "Videos", but play they play fine with the videos app I open it from FileExpert.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 12:03:57 AM PST
James B. says:
This may be a "dead" topic - so forgive me for that but.. How do I know if its H.264?
I am having a problem with mp4's playing on my KF

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011, 8:44:24 AM PST
C. Williams says:
Gene once getting to #6 "navigate to the AndroXplorer app". Where are we finding that? I have both .apk's on the device in a folder called apk, but do not see how to access it from the Kindle.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011, 9:03:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2011, 10:59:32 AM PST
Jill B says:
I also suggest downloading the free program HandBrake for PC, Mac, or Linux and using the "iPad" preset to convert videos from AVCHD, m2ts, mpeg, etc. The converted file will be a .mp4 (with a .m4v extension) and will be significantly smaller and more suitable for the Kindle Fire's limited storage. The loss of quality is not very noticeable on a 7 inch screen. The converted .m4v video can be placed in the Kindle Fire's "video" folder while connected to the computer via USB. The video is then viewed by starting the gallery app. (These video filetypes and extensions are incredibly, needlessly, confusing but HandBrake sorts it all out.)

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Posted on Nov 19, 2011, 10:07:19 AM PST
Arcano says:
This is what I did to watch my own mp4 videos:

1. Download a video player app from the kindle store (I'm using meridian player)
2. Compress the movies as .mp4 (here you can download some examples from http://www.yo-yo.org/mp4/)
3. Place the videos in the DOWNLOAD folder
4. Open the video player and browse for the video.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011, 10:43:13 AM PST
Gene B. says:
You have to download that application from the Amazon Market via your Kindle or from the computer (cloud install).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011, 5:30:33 AM PST
R. Greenwald says:
Thanks, Gene B - great instructions!
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