SPIN Play has multiple Content Modes. These modes will be switched depending on if want the headset to update the content or not.
By default the Content Mode is Online. This means that SPIN Play will try to update as often as possible by connecting to the internet and pulling the most recent changes. It also means SPIN Play can stream This is useful in scenarios when you making live changes to the SPIN or Story and want the changes reflected instantly.
In many cases you don't want the content to update. This is when you would switch the Content Mode to Offline, which we'll call Content Offline Mode. In this mode SPIN Play will turn off all connection to Pixvana servers. It won't go looking updates to the SPIN or Story. It also will be playing the video from a locally downloaded file and will be unable to stream. Therefore, you must download the video(s) within SPIN Play locally before proceeding to toggle on Content Offline Mode.
On a lower level there are other concrete effects of turning on Content Offline mode.
- The gallery interface is simplified to only show the settings panel and the videos
- You can no longer delete video downloads when hovering over video thumbnails
- Autoplay, if enabled form SPIN Studio, will not function -- the only way to enter the video is by clicking on the video(s) with the controller
How to enable Content Offline Mode
As mentioned above, you first need to download videos locally to playback videos while in Content Offline Mode. Below is a diagram on how to do that.
Next to the download all button is a cog icon. Click that will reveal the preferences pane. In the first panel of the preferences pane is the ability to toggle the Content Mode.
On the first pane is also the ability to Clear Cache. Clearing the cache means removing all the videos locally downloaded to your device. Because your device does not clear downloaded files when switching between playlists of Stories or SPINs, it is important to manually clear the cache so that your device's hard drive remains clear and fast and not clogged with previous experiences.