Saturday, November 26, 2011

Kindle Fire: WiFi streaming videos from Desktop hard disc

If you have movie files in your desktop PC, you can stream and play it on your Kindle Fire for free with a few simple steps. This is especially convenient if your Desktop PC is on your basement and if you want to watch something when you are laying down lazy on your comfy living room couch. You don't need to copy them to Kindle Fire, the play starts instantly.

The software Gmote will let you do this for free.

1) Install the server on your PC and add the movie files folder to the Gmote configuration options.
2) Install the apk on your Kindle Fire
3) Scan on your Kindle Fire for the PC server, connect, browse the file and play (by selecting phone).

Streaming is quite smooth.

UPDATE: 27th Nov 2011
Check this video in which Kidle Fire streams an HD video from my PC Desktop harddisk. Kindle Fire is the screen at bottom left.

But don't expect a lot from Gmote software. It's currently in beta version. There's a lot of improvment needed to make it userfriendly. I hope they'll actively develop this one.

The movie files should be in a Kindle Fire supported format. (mp4 format works well). Supported Kindle Fire video and audio formats
    * Video: H.263 (.3gp, .mp4), H264 AVC (.3gp, .mp4), MPEG 4 SP/ASP (.3gp), VP8 (.webm)
    * Audio supported within Music: AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AMR-NB (.3gp), AMR-WB (.3gp), MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis (.ogg), PCM/WAVE (.wav)


You can use Handbreak to convert your DVD collection to MP4 formats

**Some thoughts:
Looks like someone has figured out to stream this way over a 3G connection. Don't you think it would be awesome if you can stream your HD camcorder videos (or movie collection) stored in your home Desktop  on a family vacation at your grandma's home?

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