Monday, December 5, 2011

Tips and Tricks: Watching .AVI movies on the Kindle Fire

A lot of what we're doing with these articles is trying to expand the capabilities of the Kindle Fire so that you can  have the most flexibility possible, allowing you to use your device the way you want it. We've spent a lot of time looking at ways to expand storage space, and now we're going to turn our attention to playing videos.

If you're like me, you get a lot of your videos from Amazon Instant Video. It's easy, inexpensive, and there are a lot of great deals. But what about the movies you already have on your computer? Fortunately, there's a way to play them on your Fire.

Most of it involves an app called MoboPlayer that must be sideloaded from the Android Market. Remember that sideloading involves downloading the .apk file to your computer, hooking up your Fire, and then moving the app file over.

You'll also need to have the movies you want to watch in the Videos folder on the Fire. There are a lot of different file types for movies, and MoboPlayer purports to play many of them (Ok, it says all, but I'm skeptical).  Popular file formats like .AVI and .mpg should be safe. I wonder if it would also play .MOV files. Anyway, you'll have to do your own experimenting to be sure.

Open the app, choose your default folder, and get into the settings. If the default settings don't work for you, press and hold .AVI if that's the file type you're using and choose soft-decoding. You should be good to go now!

Again, MoboPlayer can be found here, but let's recap some of the other ways for watching videos on your Fire. The easiest option is the huge selection at Amazon Instant Video, and then there's...

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