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Prep and install guide Transferring media and networking guide Video and audio setup
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Preparing and installing the hard drive, basic settings, file naming... Click for more Adding media files, networking, accessing Slice from another device... Click for more Adjusting screen layout, installing subtitles,
enabling 5.1 audio... Click for more
Hacks and tweaks Setting up media libraries Installing addons and skins
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How to change character set, update Slice software... Click for more Organising media into libraries, music file tagging, playlists... Click for more Add-ons, skins, screensavers...
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Recovery options - when Slice will not boot Downloads and further info Troubleshooting/FAQ
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How to recover Slice, resetting to defaults,
boot issues... Click for more
Downloadable files, skins, further information...Click for more Troubleshooting tips, frequently asked questions...Click for more
IMPORTANT - What to do if Slice won't boot What to do if Slice hard drive 'disappears'
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Welcome to the SLICE community. This How-To Wiki is a user-written, unofficial user guide and is not affiliated to FiveNinjas or any other developer of software or hardware used in SLICE.

Although all solutions listed here have been tested and are working at the time of writing, the authors of this Slice How-To Wiki accept no responsibility for any issues that may result. Please read the guides carefully and use them at your own risk.

SLICE is 'the user-friendly media player with internal storage and a Raspberry Pi heart.' [3] It is designed and produced by five media and Raspberry Pi experts based in Sheffield, UK. Their company is called FiveNinjas [4], and SLICE was developed out of a successful Kickstarter campaign in the autumn of 2014. The first Slices were made available to early backers in March 2015.

SLICE consists of a Raspberry Pi Compute module [5] installed into a purpose-built motherboard. The technical specs are as follows [6]:

  • BCM2835 SoC (700MHz ARM11 CPU + GPU for media decoding & graphics)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB eMMC Flash (for OpenElec and Kodi)
  • Optional 2.5 inch SATA hard disk for media files - seen as a USB drive
  • Full-size HDMI port with 5.1 audio pass-through
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • 10/100 Ethernet port
  • 3.5mm jack for either stereo analogue (up to 192KHz 24 bit) or optical output for 5.1 surround pass-through
  • Micro USB port for using Slice in disk mode (to load media) or can be used to re-program the Flash (eMMC)
  • IR Sensor
  • Real-time clock with backup battery
  • 25 programmable RGB LEDs
  • Power input jack (barrel type, 5V 3A)

Supported additional hardware

  • 2.5 inch (laptop) SATA hard disk - thickness must be no more than 9.5mm
  • USB keyboard
  • WiFi dongle (supplied)
  • RF remote dongle (supplied)
  • USB external drive - external PSU recommended
  • USB Bluetooth adaptor

Internal software

Slice is fundamentally Linux-based, using OpenElec [[7]] as the base operating system, and Kodi (formerly XBMC) [[8]] as the media centre software.

File types supported

As the Ninjas themselves say: 'pretty much anything you throw at it!' [[9]]:

Container formats:

  • 3gp
  • AAC
  • ASF
  • AVI
  • DVR-MS
  • FLC
  • FLI
  • FLV
  • M4A
  • MP4
  • MPEG
  • NSA
  • NSV
  • NUT
  • NUV
  • Ogg
  • OGM
  • PVA
  • Quicktime
  • RealMedia
  • VIVO
  • WMV
  • WTV

Video formats:

  • Cinepak
  • H.263
  • HuffYUV
  • Indeo
  • MPEG-1
  • MPEG-2
  • MPEG-4 (SP and ASP)
  • MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
  • RealVideo
  • RMVB
  • Sorenson
  • WMV

Audio formats:

  • AAC
  • AACplus
  • AC3
  • Adlib
  • ADPCM (Nintendo)
  • AIFF
  • ALAC
  • AMR
  • APE (Monkey's Audio)
  • CDDA
  • DTS
  • FLAC
  • GYM (Genesis)
  • IT
  • MIDI
  • MOD (Amiga Module)
  • MP2
  • MP3
  • MPC
  • Mpeg+
  • Musepack
  • NSF (NES Sound Format)
  • RealAudio
  • S3M
  • SHN
  • Shorten
  • SID (C64)
  • SPC (SNES)
  • Speex
  • Vorbis
  • WAV (Wave)
  • WavPack
  • WMA
  • XM
  • YM (Atari ST)

Digital picture/image formats:

  • BMP
  • GIF
  • ICO
  • JPEG
  • MNG
  • PCX
  • PNG
  • RAW
  • TGA (Targa)
  • TIFF

Subtitle formats:

  • AQTitle
  • CC
  • JACOsub
  • MicroDVD
  • Mpsub
  • OGM
  • PJS
  • RT
  • SMI
  • SRT
  • SUB
  • VOBsub
  • Vplayer

Click here for The original (single page) version of this wiki - static as of 18/08/2015.

Slice logo and box icon used by kind permission and is copyright of © FiveNinjas (2015).

Menu icon artworks courtesy [[10]]