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Playing mp4 movies on Kindle Fire HD - picture is jumping

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Initial post: Feb 9, 2013 8:07:58 AM PST

I have saved a few movies to mp4 but when I playback the picture is jumpy and does not play smoothly - audio is fine. Am I doing something wrong when I save the file - bit rate perhaps?
Movie plays fine on my laptop

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 8:14:31 AM PST
Fud53 says:
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Posted on Feb 9, 2013 11:22:21 AM PST
Wow, FUD - what an informed post. I did not realise that there was no connection between Amazon and the Kindle. So, the purpose of a forum is not for people to share issues and problems among the user community, but rather what, exactly? I think you are a bit beFUDdled, or maybe a bit of a FUDwit - but thanks for the post, really helpful

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2013 11:59:31 AM PDT
Hi i'm having the same problem. Sometimes I wish I had just bought a a cheaper tablet, apparently a good one in car phone warehouse for 99.00, and guess comes with kindle already loaded. I feel like i have been cheated. Trading standards pops to mind

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 8:42:01 AM PDT
what a sadly and completely misinformed fudding idiot

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 2:36:52 PM PDT
Mr S D Nicholls, what are you trying to say??????

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 2:46:32 PM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
dizzyduck ~ I believe Mr. S.D. Nicholls was responding to Fud53, not you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 2:57:35 PM PDT
Thank you Tinker-Bella, the Fud53 was not visible to me previously. How easily things can be misconstrued on chat sites.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 3:06:19 PM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
You're welcome, dizzyduck.

If you look at the upper right corner of each post, if it says "In reply to an earlier post..." you can click on the blue hyperlink, and it will show you who/which post the person was responding to.

Posted on May 23, 2013 3:16:32 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
It might be that you're trying to play a video with a very high bitrate. That can cause it to be jumpy if the bitrate is higher than the electronics in that tablet can keep up with. It'll skip some frames as needed.

The solution, if you're ripping your own videos, is to rip them to a lower bitrate. That should clear it up.

If you're getting videos from another source you might check with that source.

I have a Kindle Fire HD 7" and it plays videos I get from Amazon and Netflix and those I rip myself very smoothly. It's an excellent video player. When I rip a video I generally make the bitrate around 1,500 kbs if it's going to be used on the Kindle Fire.

As for getting a cheap $99 tablet, be very glad you didn't. Those things rarely work well and they have all kinds of problems and there's no support for them in most cases.

By the way, I also have much more expensive tablets than the Kindle Fire and it plays videos as well as any of them.


Posted on May 23, 2013 3:47:00 PM PDT
Hi Barryem.... I'm not very IT savvy. Are you in the UK or USA? I really don't know how to download videos from anywhere, even my own ones that I have purchased. Some people tell me to get a ripper??? some tell me to get a converter????? I've put my DVD into my laptop ask it to copy and it never works, I'm really confused? the information comes up and there are lists and lists of audio and some other stuff, could you possibly do a step by step guide, I've looked on you tube, and how to sites but still not working.
Thanks for your time

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 4:17:55 PM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
While I am not Barryem, I just wanted to recommend DVD Catalyst 4 software for ripping your DVDs into a format that can be viewed easily on many platforms (like the Fire, iPad, etc.). It is very user friendly, and for $10.00, it is well worth the cost.

If you want to check it out, here is their website (I have no affiliation with the company, but thought it might help make the process a bit easier for you.)

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 4:18:51 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I'm in the USA. The answer to your question is really too big to set down here but I'll give you a little overview that will help you find more information.

There are a number of ways to get videos for your Kindle Fire. Downloading is one way. That means to find a website or internet source that has videos you can download, and to do just that. A good example and one that's easy to test this with is Here's a link to their TV shows:

I download them with my Windows laptop and then transfer them to my Fire HD, although I'm pretty sure they could be downloaded directly from the Fire.

To download, pick the video you want, select a format, probably h.264 if it's for the Fire, and save it to your desktop or some folder where you can find it later and transfer it to your Fire via USB. This is pretty simple to do but if you're not used to it it might take you a few tries to get it right.

By the way, is perfectly legal. They keep mostly public domain videos and a few copyrighted ones they have the right to distribute.

Ripping means to get a video from a DVD. The best way to do this is to get video conversion program or a video ripping program and have it make a .mp4 video from the DVD.

It's also possible to simply copy the .vob files from the DVD to your Fire HD and play them as long as the DVD isn't encrypted. However, the native player in the Fire won't usually play those because most use a sound format the Fire won't play. But there is a player that can be side-loaded to the Fire HD called MX Player that will play them just fine. Google for MX Player and you'll find it. They have a number of versions available and only one will work on your Fire and I don't recall which that is so you might have to try a couple of them to get it to work.

The problem with copying the .vob files is that they're huge files. A much more elegant method, although it's considerably more work, is to use a conversion program such as those made by Nero or Roxio, or one of the free ones which you can find with Google, and convert the DVD to a realistic sized file.

This takes a bit of learning of the terminology of video. You'll have to learn about CODECs and learn what bitrate is but there are websites all over the internet that can explain these terms and the process. Also most of the software that does this has it's own help and explanations. This can be learned by a layman fairly easily if you don't get scared off by new terminology.

A problem with DVD's is that most of the newer ones are encrypted and most software won't deal with encrypted DVD's. Old movies and old TV shows on DVD usually aren't encrypted, since it's a fairly expensive process. New ones nearly always are encrypted. There are programs that will convert them anyway but I don't think they should be mentioned here. They're legal but this use of them wouldn't be legal.

The terms "ripper" and "converter" are often used to mean the same thing. They're not exactly the same but for what you want to do the differences won't matter.

None of this is stuff you'll learn in an hour. You'll need to use Google to find sites that explain it and read them and try something and see what works for you. It's nothing that complicated but it might seem that way when you first start looking at it. Don't get overwhelmed and you'll be fine. I'm assuming that you wouldn't have asked your question if you were faint of heart. :)


Posted on May 23, 2013 6:25:04 PM PDT
O Barry, thank you so much. I will give it all a go. Can I download them to my amazon cloud so they don't take up so much memory on the KFHD? Do I have to pay for encryptions software to get my bought dvd's onto my laptop?
I really appreciate all the help and support you have given me.
Do you have FB if so you could PM me and I could let you know how I get on, good or bad LOL

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 9:05:56 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I looked at the link for that converter Tinker-Bella suggested, DVD Catalyst, and it looks like it might handle encrypted DVD's. I couldn't tell from their description but it looks like it might. It might be worth a closer look. However, you also might want to look into the legality of doing that. The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes it a felony to defeat encryption and that's what that would be doing if it works like I think it might.

Video files that you convert for the KFHD will be pretty large. A typical movie will be a gig or more and a 1 hour TV show will be 1/3 of a gig. You should be able to fit half a dozen or maybe even a dozen movies and TV shows on the KFHD if you have the 16 gig model. If you have the 32 gig model it would be about 3 times as much. I don't use Amazon's cloud except for things I purchase from them so I don't know if you can use it for this or not. Ask someone at Amazon about that, I guess.

If you copy the DVD files directly to the Kindle Fire you might get a full movie on it but not much more. This is probably the easiest way to do it but it's probably the least practical.

I don't use Facebook so I can't help you there. But Google searches will find full information for you. The thing is there's a lot to know and if you're serious about doing this you need to do some digging for the information. You won't have any problem finding it. There are websites and blogs all over the internet with full descriptions of the various methods of dealing with videos.

One warning about those websites and blogs: they'll give you good information and most of it will be reliable. But they'll also give you their biases and prejudices. Things like "this way of doing it sucks" or "that program rules". Ignore all that. Just get the raw information. Their biases will mislead. Learn your own favorite way of doing things.


Posted on May 24, 2013 7:09:32 AM PDT
fbarich says:
I have had great success with this -

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2013 3:35:04 AM PST
I'd love to hear more specifics. I have ONE task. I have a collection of "ripped" dvds saved to my PC in .vob format (collection of vobs and bup files inside a folder called video_ts inside movie folder). Ripped using latest version dvdFAB. NOTHING I've used (DVD FAB, DivX 10) works for my Kindle HD 8.9 (purchased this week). I cannot get the kindle to play them period, but even converting them, using kindle HD setting in DVD FAB doesn't work. I get several MP4 files...some with no sound, some with blurry captions hard burned into the movie (unreadable blurry green). Just a host of small issues that pretty much make it so I eithe rhave to A.) be relgated to downloading NOTHING but amazon movies, or 2.) spend the better part of a week tiring out my poor computer with 20-30 different programs until I find the one I want. Option B. is undesirable but acceptable. Option A. is not....I'm too independent! haha! Thanks for any specific program sets you might recommend (even if it's one for testing, one for ripping, one for converting, one for this, etc.)
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