My mother's present this Christmas was a Kindle Fire HD which she really wanted to get her hands on as she is quite often on tour with my father and wants to use it to read ebooks, listen to music and play movies from it. I never got my hands on a Kindle before and had to find my way around it as well. One of the issues that I had to overcome was how to copy DVD movies from disc to the Kindle Fire HD. Since it does not have a disc drive, I knew that I had to rip and convert the movie into a format supported by the Kindle.
After some trying and testing I came up with a solution which I'd like to describe here so that all Kindle owners can benefit from the procedure. The majority of solutions that you find on the first few pages on Google and Bing are for solutions that you have to pay for to use, which is something that I did not want. The following solution uses free tools that anyone can download from the Internet.
DVD Shrink is a free program for Windows that you can use to rip video DVDs to your computer. It is easy to use and can rip any DVD that you throw at it. To use the program do the following:
- Insert the DVD movie you want to rip to your Kindle Fire in to the disc drive of your computer.
- Start DVD Shrink and click on Open Disc.
- Select the drive with the DVD and wait for the program to analyze the contents of the DVD.
- Select main movie under DVD Structure and the audio source you want to use.
- Click on Backup!
- Select a folder on your hard drive you want to rip the movie to.
- Keep all other settings as suggested by the program.
- Click on ok to start the extraction.
The ripping takes time, usually about 30 minutes before it finishes. You end up with a DVD folder structure on your hard drive. You now need to use the second program to convert those files into a format that the Kindle Fire supports.
Handbrake is a free video conversion software that you can use to convert video files from one format to another. What you do basically is select the output from DVD Flick to convert it to the mp4 format which is the video format supported by the Kindle.
Click on Source first and select the folder on your hard drive that contains the ripped DVD movie. Click on browse then to select the destination file name and location, and finally make sure that mp4 file is selected under output settings.
A click on start at the top runs the conversion on the system. Note that you can also process other video files this way that may already be on your system.
Copy video to Kindle
All that is left to do now is to copy the mp4 video file to the Kindle. Connect your Kindle via USB to your computer and copy the video to the Movie directory on the Kindle.
To play videos on your Kindle Fire HD go to Apps and select the personal videos apps there. All videos that are in the appropriate format should be listed here. Just tap on a video to start to play it on your device.