Converting DVDs to play on the Kindle Fire is pretty easy, and it will give you a great way to enjoy your movie collection on the go. Using free software, we show you how to convert DVDs to Kindle Fire compatible MP4 format. With the Kindle Fire launch date right around the corner, get a head start and convert your DVDs now so that you’re good to go when it arrives on your doorstep. Read on for the full DVD to Kindle Fire guide.
DVD to Kindle Fire – Step 1:
Download the free programs below that we’ll be using to convert the DVD to Kindle Fire format.
1) DVDFab HD Decrypter. Download here. This program is free, and it lets us rip the DVD to our hard drive before converting it to Kindle Fire format. This is an absolutely great program that you can use to rip just about any DVD or Blu-ray to your hard drive.
2) Handbrake. Download here. Handbrake will take the ripped DVD on our hard drive and convert it to Kindle Fire format. Luckily, it has a preset that works for the iPad that will also work just fine for the Kindle Fire, so we don’t need to change any major settings to convert our DVD to a Kindle Fire-compatible MP4 file.
Install both of these programs. When installing DVDFab HD Decrypter, you’ll see the below screen. Just choose HD Decrypter at the bottom and click “Start DVDFab” to launch the free version of HD Decrypter. Be sure to check the “Do not show again” box so that this will never pop up again.
DVD to Kindle Fire – Step 2:
Rip the DVD to your hard drive. To do this, go ahead and load DVDFab HD Decrypter. We’ll be working in the “Copy DVD” menu on the left. When you insert your DVD, it should automatically ask you what region it is, like below:
Go ahead and choose your correct region, and DVDFab will scan your DVD details. It will take around 15-20 seconds to scan on a faster PC.
Next, make sure your settings look like the image below. Make sure you’re on the “DVD Copy” menu on the left, and choose “Main Movie” within that menu. Your source for the DVD should already be set to your DVD drive if you inserted your disc after loading DVDFab, but if it’s not, go ahead and pick your DVD drive. For the Target, choose the output folder where the DVD will be ripped to on your hard drive. Choose something that you’ll remember later when we go to convert the DVD to Kindle Fire format. Choose the title that is obviously the main movie by looking at the Play Time; of our three options, the movie is definitely the one that’s 2 hours and 34 minutes long. Next, for the audio, we only need one audio track to save time and space, so I chose the DTS/5.1 sound track since it’s higher quality than the AC-3/5.1 options, and we don’t need the director’s cut audio. Lastly, so that we don’t compress video quality more than we have to, choose DVD9 at the bottom. This will take up a little bit more hard drive space, but remember that we can delete this DVD rip after we’re done creating the Kindle Fire video.
Click “Next” and you’ll see one more options screen. You shouldn’t need to change anything, but make sure your options look like below:
Click “Start” to begin ripping the DVD to your hard drive. You may get the below message, which is fine – click OK and continue ripping the DVD.
Our Tabletorials desktop took 16 minutes to rip the DVD, but that will vary widely depending on your CPU and hard drive speed. When you’re done, hit Finish below and close out of DVDFab. It’s time to convert the DVD to Kindle Fire MP4 format.
DVD to Kindle Fire – Step 3:
To convert the ripped DVD to Kindle Fire format, open up Handbrake. Click on Source in the top left, and then Folder. From there, navigate to where you ripped your DVD and select the VIDEO_TS folder. Click OK.
On the main Handbrake screen, we just need to confirm a few settings, seen below. Fortunately, the iPad uses the same video format as the Kindle Fire, so the preset for the iPad works fine for us. Go ahead and select that preset on the right. Ensure that your video file destination is where you want it to go – just change it if you want but remember where you are saving the file so you can easily find it when you transfer it to your Kindle Fire. Last, it’s important to make sure that the “Large file size” box is unchecked. This will keep the file size down to a more manageable level.
A note about video size: a DVD is natively 720×480 pixels. The Kindle Fire’s screen is 1024×600, which is larger than the video size you see in Handbrake’s options. Because the DVD is naturally 720×480, that is the best resolution without stretching the video and causing it to look strange. Luckily, tablets automatically stretch videos to fill the screen, and they still look great. Your Kindle Fire will do this and you’ll never even notice it.
Go ahead and click Start at the top, and your video is only about 30-45 minutes away from being converted to Kindle Fire format.
DVD to Kindle Fire – Step 4:
Now we need to transfer the video to the Kindle Fire. To do this, connect your tablet to your PC using a USB data cable. Your Kindle Fire will go into transfer mode, and you’ll most likely get the popup message on your desktop asking what you want to do. Choose to open the folders on your Kindle. Alternatively, you can just go to My Computer and double click on your Kindle Fire to access its storage folders. Navigate to the Video folder – this is where you’ll transfer your DVD movie file, like below:
Drag and drop your converted DVD movie into the Video folder on your Kindle Fire, and let it fully transfer (it’ll take about three minutes over a standard USB port). Remember that you only have less than 8gb of space to work with, so delete the videos from the Kindle Fire when you’re done with them.
Important! Once the DVD movie is transferred, you must access it on your Kindle Fire by going to the Galleries app. It will not show up in the Video section of your Kindle Fire, since this is only for Amazon-purchased content at the moment. After playing the movie from within Galleries, we’ve got a stunning, high-quality DVD playing on our Kindle Fire.
If you have any questions, feel free to post below. We hope this helps our readers get more out of their brand new Kindle Fires, and gives you a reason to resurrect your old DVD collection!