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kindle fire hd won't play mp4 movies

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Initial post: Nov 25, 2012, 10:16:53 PM PST
Josh says:
I have a few ful length movies in the mp4 format and I loaded them into the "movies" folder on the kindle but it says it can't play. Is it possible they are too big? Anyone else having this issue?

Posted on Nov 25, 2012, 10:18:41 PM PST
Are you using the personal video app? I have a ton of MP4s on my Kindle Fire HD and they play fine, although occasionally the app gives me an error message (but continues to play).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012, 10:20:54 PM PST
Josh says:
Yes I am. I can see the files and when I tap them I get the error message (which I didn't write down). Does it make a difference if you use the "Video" vs. "Movies" folders?

Posted on Nov 25, 2012, 10:28:19 PM PST
Mine are in the "movies" folder (I don't know if that makes any difference), and average about 1GB in size.

Do you have ES FIle Explorer installed? If not, try it. It has a built in video player as well. You can just open the folder and tap on your video to play it (it will give you the option to choose which player to use).

ES File Explorer File Manager

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012, 10:35:08 PM PST
Josh says:
The movie was about 4 GB, I guess that seems pretty big. I'll try again but maybe I need to find smaller movie files...?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012, 10:53:22 PM PST
Try the player on the ES File Explorer first, but yeah, those are pretty big files.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 8:26:22 PM PST
did you ever figure this out? i'm having the same problem, tried es and the video still won.t play

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012, 10:56:31 AM PST
Josh says:
"kacey says:
did you ever figure this out? i'm having the same problem, tried es and the video still won.t play"

I wasn't able to figure why the large file wasn't playing but I have been able to watch smaller mp4's after cut/pasting into the movies folder and using the default personal video app.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012, 6:37:49 PM PST
Josh says:
By the way, does anyone know of a way to view the titles of shows when viewed in the personal video app? All I can see is a screen shot and it makes it hard to tell what is what.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012, 6:49:17 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
It is because 4GB is the max file size that Android will read. There really is not reason to use movie files that big on a portable device anyway. Most of the movies files I have are under 1GB each and they look fine.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012, 3:35:04 PM PST
Michael says:
I have several 1GB movie mp4 files as well and can't play them on the Kindle Fire HD. Anyone solve this issue

Posted on Dec 26, 2012, 3:44:39 AM PST
Paul Tinsley says:
I have the same problem with mp4 files. I can play them on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and on my PC, but not on the Kindle Fire HD. I put them in the "Movies" folder too.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012, 6:55:22 AM PST
Josh says:
I have some mp4 that won't play and some that will, I am guessing that there is something in the metadata. I think I might try and re-c convert them and see.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012, 7:03:30 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 26, 2012, 4:27:39 PM PST
i have a probably. i have many mp4 non-drm protected movies on my pc but when i transfer them to my kindle fire hd 8.9 i can only get 3 to play and ibhave tried many apps including the es media player. why are only some mp4 movies work and not all. (maximum size of videos: 900mb is the biggest)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012, 10:11:32 PM PST
Ericgon says:
Everything works on everything but my Kindle Fire HD. Got it for Christmas yesterday. 1 Gig file of The Bourne Legacy. Got the digital copy, converted it to MP4. Dragged and dropped to video folder. Still won't work. Any advice???

Posted on Dec 26, 2012, 10:16:16 PM PST
Ericgon says:
Everyone! I found the answer! You have to go into your apps folder and look in an app called "personal videos" I can't believe I didn't see it before!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012, 10:34:26 AM PST
Paul Tinsley says:
The only way I managed to get mp4 files to work was to convert them using DVD Fab. Google it and purchase a copy of their Video Converter (you can trial it first). They have a special video profile for the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012, 7:12:15 AM PST
T. Curry says:
I used DVD Fab and still couldn't get it to work. Is there a size limit for the kindle?

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 9:29:13 PM PST
still cant get all mp4 videos to play on Kindle Fire HD 8.9'. and they are all less than 900mb and are not DRM protected....

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 9:37:19 PM PST
okay for people still having problems with mp4 playing on kindle fire/kindle fire HD go to the amazon appstore and download moboplayer this is playing all my video files now-!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012, 10:38:13 AM PST
Paul Tinsley says:
I used the profile called "kindlefire.mp4.h264.aac" within DVDFab to get a standard .mp4 file to convert over to a format that the Kindle Fire HD would play. I used the Video Converter software within DVDFab.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012, 6:14:54 PM PST
CK says:
My MP4 converted from DVD still won't play after downloading moboplayer. I had used Freemake converter to convert from DVD to MP4.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012, 6:16:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2012, 6:17:00 PM PST
CK says:
It still wouldn't play under "personal videos".
What's strange is my home movies that I converted to MP4 work fine.

I'm ready to give up!

Posted on Dec 30, 2012, 6:18:57 PM PST
CK - Has you MP4 played successfully on any other device?
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