How to Use GoPro as Webcam

You can easily use your GoPro HERO10 Black, HERO9 Black, or HERO8 Black as a webcam using GoPro’s official GoPro Webcam desktop program and a USB cable. If you don’t have one of these GoPro models, you can use your GoPro as a webcam with an HDMI video capture card.

Hi, my name is Larry. I’ve been using my GoPro as a webcam for video calls, business meetings, and live streaming for over 5 years. Through this experience, I know the easiest ways to set up your GoPro as a webcam.

In today’s guide, I’ll explain how to use GoPro as a webcam without a capture card and with a capture card.

Let’s jump right in!

Is It Possible to Use GoPro as Webcam?

As you learned in the introduction, you can use your GoPro as a webcam. In fact, using your GoPro as a webcam is easy to set up and get started.

So let’s find out how to use your GoPro as a webcam.

How to Use GoPro as a Webcam without Capture Card?

You can use your GoPro as a webcam without a capture card if you have a GoPro HERO10 Black, HERO9 Black, or HERO8 Black. As such, the following technique only applies to you if you have one of these cameras. 

This is also the best technique to use GoPro as a webcam without HDMI since these cameras don’t have a micro-HDMI port. If you don’t have one of these GoPro camera models, skip forward to the next section of this guide.

So, let’s discuss how to Use GoPro as a webcam on Windows and Mac computers.

Step 1: Update your GoPro HERO10 Black, HERO9 Black, or HERO8 Black with GoPro Quik. If your GoPro isn’t updated, you may encounter errors while setting it up as a webcam.

Step 2: Download and install the GoPro Webcam desktop program for your specific operating system. For Windows users, only Windows 10 is supported. For Mac users, you need macOS v10.14 or newer. 

Step 3: Turn on your GoPro camera and plug it into your computer with your USB-C cable. Your GoPro will enter USB mode. 

Step 4: Open the GoPro Webcam desktop program if it’s not already running. In your computer’s status bar, you’ll see the GoPro icon with a blue dot that indicates a successful connection to your GoPro camera.

Step 5: Now that your GoPro is connected to your computer, you can click the GoPro icon on your status bar and then select Show Preview. This lets you see your webcam’s field of view before going live. You can also click Digital Lens to adjust your field of view (FOV). Finally, you can click Preferences to adjust the webcam resolution.

Step 6: Once you finish adjusting your webcam’s angle and settings, you’re ready to use your GoPro as a webcam. 

Step 7: Open your webcam application, such as Zoom or Skype, and go to the preferred camera settings. Select GoPro Camera to change your primary webcam to your GoPro. 

Step 8: When your webcam starts broadcasting video, the GoPro icon on your computer’s status bar will show a red dot to indicate that the camera is recording.

That’s it!

If you have a GoPro HERO10 Black, HERO9 Black, or HERO8 Black, it’s very easy to use your GoPro as a webcam using the GoPro Webcam desktop program.

With the GoPro Webcam desktop program, you can use your GoPro in apps like:

  • Zoom
  • YouTube Live
  • Slack
  • Skype
  • Webex
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Discord

How Do I Connect My Older GoPro to My Computer as a Webcam?

If you don’t have a GoPro HERO10 Black, HERO9 Black, or HERO8 Black, here are the accessories you need:

  • Micro-HDMI to HDMI cable
  • HDMI to USB video capture card

GoPro doesn’t support wireless webcam usage, so these accessories are required if your want to use a GoPro HERO4, HERO5, HERO6, HERO7, and others as a webcam. 

I recommend using this video capture card and this micro-HDMI to HDMI cable if you don’t own them already.

Step 1: Turn on your GoPro camera and select Preferences > Input/Output > HDMI Output. Select Live for your HDMI Output.

Step 2: Connect your GoPro to your micro-HDMI to HDMI cable. Then, connect the cable to your video capture card. Lastly, plug the video capture card into your computer. 

Step 3: Once your camera is successfully connected to your computer, you can begin using it as a webcam right away. Open your video conference software, such as Zoom or Discord, and select the name of your video capture card as the webcam source. 

Step 4: If you want to use your webcam for Twitch or other live streaming services, you need to use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).

Setting up your older GoPro as a webcam is easy, as long as you have the required accessories. 

FAQs

Below are a few popular questions surrounding how to use GoPro as webcam.

Can you use GoPro HERO 9 as a webcam?

You can use your GoPro HERO9 Black as a webcam using a USB-C to USB cable and the GoPro Webcam desktop program. Simply connect your GoPro to your computer and then launch the GoPro Webcam app. You can then select GoPro Webcam as your camera source in any video calling program.

Can you use a GoPro to live stream?

Yes, you can use a GoPro to live stream. To learn how, check out my guide on how to live stream with GoPro. This guide walks you through exactly how to set up your GoPro for live streaming to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and any other streaming platform.

How do I turn my GoPro HERO 8 into a webcam?

Similar to the GoPro HERO 9, you can use your GoPro HERO 8 as a webcam by plugging it into your computer and running the GoPro Webcam desktop program.

Closing Thoughts

This concludes my guide on how to use GoPro as webcam. At this point, I hope you were able to successfully set up your GoPro as a webcam quickly and easily. 

If you have any problems that arose during the setup process, please let me know in the comment section down below.

Also, I’d love to hear what you’re using your GoPro as a webcam for? Do you want better video quality for Zoom calls? Do you not own a stand-alone webcam but have a GoPro you can use as a webcam instead?

I’d love to hear from you down below!

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