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Step 1: Preparation:
If you purchased DVD Catalyst 4, you should receive an order confirmation with the download link by email within a matter of minutes. If you purchased and have not received your order confirmation, it is possible, based on the settings of your email spam filter, that the confirmation email was marked as spam/junk mail, and it will likely be located in your spam/junkmail folder.
Find your downloaded DVD Catalyst 4 installation file. Usually Windows stores downloaded files in your “Downloads” folder, but depending on if you or someone else changed the location, or what web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer) you used to download, it could be located on your desktop or in your Documents folder.
Now simply double-left-click on the downloaded file to open it.
If you are experiencing complications with the downloaded file (partial download, corrupted etc),please make sure no download accelerator applications or toolbars are running that would affect the download. If you do not know how to turn those off, please download and install a web browser such as Mozilla Firefox (link), and use that to download the DVD Catalyst 4 installer.
Now just click through the installer like you would do with any other application installer.
There are no hidden toolbar/spyware/crapware applications hidden in the DVD Catalyst 4 installer. It will just install DVD Catalyst 4 on your computer, nothing extra that would cause any advertising grief or annoyances.
If, during installation of DVD Catalyst 4, you happen to run into an error message similar to this one:
then the installer tries to install DVD Catalyst while it is already running on your computer, or a different application, such as backup software is trying to access one of the installer files. If this happens, restart your computer, and run the installer again.
At the end of the installer, remove the 2 checkmarks. The Getting Started will just display a guide similar to this one, but more “generic”, and while it is easy to start DVD Catalyst 4 from the installer at this point, this portion of the guide is something you only need to do once, the rest of the guide is something you will do more.
If you happen to get a message similar to this one after the install process is complete:
just click on “This program installed correctly”
Step 2: Using DVD Catalyst 4 to convert your movies and TV shows for the Kindle Fire HD:
Start DVD Catalyst 4 by clicking the shortcut on your desktop:
The first time you start DVD Catalyst 4, it might take a bit for it to load. Once it is loaded, you are presented with a screen like this:
Use the dropdowns on the left side of DVD Catalyst 4 to select your device, in this example we select Amazon and then Kindle Fire HD
One of DVD Catalyst 4′s main advantages over similar applications is that it includes profiles for almost all video-capable devices on the planet.
With your video player device profile selected, add your own videos or home-made DVD:
(If you see something different, please scroll down a bit in this guide to the troubleshooting section)
Now just tap the Go button to start the process:
This can take a while, depending on the speed of your computer.
On most computers, the conversion runs about twice as fast as it takes to actually watch the movie, so a 2 hour movie will take about 1 hour or so. but if you are using a powerful Quad-Core computer the conversion can go quite a bit faster.
Using a high-end laptop, the conversion can run as fast as 8x realtime, so a 2 hour movie converts in 15 minutes or so. If you are using an older computer, or a netbook, the conversion can take a little bit longer though.
After the conversion is complete, DVD Catalyst will open the video folder where your movie file is located:
Then just use the standard steps of copying a file over to your device. For Apple-devices this works through iTunes (info), for Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices, copying the video to your device works with "Windows Explorer" on your computer (info).