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MP4 Video File On A Kindle Fire???

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Initial post: Oct 6, 2011 10:30:39 AM PDT
How Would You Load An MP4 Video File From Your Computer To The Kindle Fire? Can You Plug The Fire Directly Into Your Computer Or A Portable Hard Drive (via USB) To Download? Would It Play Like A Regular Movie For My Kids (Like An IPad Does)? What Would The Video Quality Be Like? I Want Something That Will Play Downloaded Videos On Long Road/Plane Trips With No WiFi Available.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 10:33:44 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2011 6:46:53 PM PDT
I'm also interested in this question. I hope it gets answered soon.

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 7:11:33 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2011 7:33:46 PM PDT
The specs do mention support for MP4 and various other formats but it doesn't make any mention on how the video player works or how well it works with content that was not bought via the Amazon Market. I guess we will have to wait till Nov when it ships..

In any case, Amazon is selling the Fire at a low cost with the mind set of making up lost money by selling digital content in the market. I, and I guess theboysmommy also, would like to know if the Kindle Fire has been crippled when it comes to content not bought from the Amazon Market.

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 7:44:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2011 7:46:52 PM PDT
M. McCoy says:
To load an MP4 movie onto the Fire you would attach the Fire to your computer via USB. The Fire then looks like an external hard drive (or like a memory stick). You then just 'drag & drop' (or copy/paste) the movie from the PC to the Fire.

You cannot connect a portable hard drive (or other external portable memory like a thumbdrive) to the Fire via USB. The Fire behaves as a USB device (or 'client') and only connects to a USB host like a PC or Laptop.

After the movie is transferred to the Fire it plays like any other video player (start/stop/pause/etc.)

Video quality is of course dependent on the quality of the original movie. Higher quality movies are bigger in size than lower quality movies. Thus you can load fewer high quality movies into 8Gb than those with a lower quality.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 7:46:56 AM PDT
C. Bishop says:
My understanding from the below preview is that the video player will only play Amazon purchased media. If you wish to play media loaded from your own computer you will have to find 'an app for that.' At least that's what's claimed in the below preview. Can anyone confirm/deny this?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2011 9:07:50 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
C., this is what Dave Limp, Amazon's Kindle vice-president reportedly said:

"Q: Can you load your own files through the USB?

A: Yes, you can connect it to a PC. We don't think people are going to do it very often; we haven't optimized for that use.

But if you plug it into a PC or Mac, folders will show up and you can drag files onto it.

Q: Can you play media purchased elsewhere on the Fire?

A: Sure, I uploaded my entire iTunes library. It's got to be DRM [digital rights management] free. ... I moved it to the cloud and then it's all visible on the device."

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 7:09:53 AM PST
James R. says:
We are getting closer to launch and this question still lacks a verified answer (M. McCoy response is appreciated, but not really sure it is more than speculation based on other tablet experience).

I did read the following in the article linked by C. Bishop: "You can sideload content of your own, but you'll also have to shop for your own apps to play that content. The video player is solely for Amazon purchased or streamed content".

So it seems to me that it is supported, but a player is yet to be identified and will require purchase.

I am debating the Fire against an HP TouchPad for my 60-year old mother and I'm not sure where to go. Even the Fire is launching on an "old" OS (Gingerbread, I think), so it is not the clear winner here.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011 7:48:29 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Amazon states that MP4 is a supported format. Amazon states that the device can play videos. Therefore it must have a video player pre-installed. "Supported format" means that the device can play files in that format.

What's ambiguous?

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 2:32:18 PM PST
I've verified that you can indeed do this. Just copy the mp4 file into the Video folder on the kindle, then it will show up in the "Gallery" app (not in Videos!).

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 6:08:53 PM PST
Beth Albaugh says:
hrbud you are awesome ... I didnt think it was possible I couldnt find the MP4 ...

confirmed the gallery thing works

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 6:21:11 PM PST
Georgia Tuss says:
You can download video or two on your Fire provided it is in a supported format. (See product details) You can not play from a storage drive as the Fire USB does not support "Host" mode.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 6:26:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2011 6:27:51 PM PST
Georgia Tuss says:
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Posted on Nov 15, 2011 7:22:44 PM PST
I have uploaded video to my amazon cloud but did not yet get my fire to see if it plays.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 7:27:33 PM PST
Look at the Gallery App. MP4 videos show up there if you transfer via USB

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 7:39:31 PM PST
just tried to load an avi movie and it didn't work. Look at the specs and these are the files it recognizes: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 8:46:40 PM PST
Alicia says:
I was able to download MoboPlayer do a search it's not in the Amazon App store and I'm able to play AVI file no problem.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 8:59:22 PM PST
Gene B. says:
FYI, you can sideload any apk file you want. So the video players (MX Player works very well with the dual core proc, and plays every video format) or other apps you are used to on your phones (that are not available in the Amazon Market) can be installed on your Fire as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 9:16:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2011 9:17:50 PM PST
Q says:
Which means the Fire can natively only play videos in the .MP4 or .WEBM (VP8) formats. Other apps may be able to play other formats as well.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 9:29:13 PM PST
Patti says:
I've successfully loaded a few videos onto mine. I used HandBrake to convert them from the format I had them stored in to MP4s.

As others have said, they show up in the gallery app.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 9:48:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2011 9:49:07 PM PST
Lydia says:
What are some other apps/players you can download onto the kindle fire that are great for playing video files that were not originally supported? For example, a video file like "avi". Would you just search for it on the silk browser and download onto your fire?

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 11:05:03 PM PST
Alicia says:
I'm using MoboPlayer its not in the Amazon App Store so would need to search then download to Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 12:17:05 AM PST
Dylan Decker says:
Every site I find on my Kindle that offers MoboPlayer tries to install it, and then I get a pop-up saying it isn't available in the store and I can't install it. What can I do to get it installed?

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 1:03:58 AM PST
One says:
If you are creating your own mp4 videos for use on the KF, be sure to use a mp4 video codec. It is possible to create an mp4 video using the H.264 codec; but these videos will not play on the KF.
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