How to Use a GoPro as a Webcam

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Updated September 12, 2022

The influence of live streaming continues to spread into all areas of online life. As a result, content creators are constantly looking for the best webcams to suit their needs. While many have a fixed idea of what traditional webcams are _supposed _to look like, many forget that other cameras can function as outstanding video devices. To prove it, we’re here to instruct you on how to use a GoPro as a webcam as an external device.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Newer GoPro models come equipped with firmware that supports webcam utility and produces outstanding video quality.
  • Ensure your GoPro has the latest software updates before installing the webcam application on your computer.
  • Once installed, connect your camera to a USB cable and preview your video feed, where you can adjust settings to enhance image quality.

And the fun doesn’t stop here. We have a gaggle of helpful how-to guides, like how to use a DSLR as a webcam or how to use an IP webcam.

Insider Tip

While GoPros do not need to be used as webcams, you can install a video capture card to increase video output quality.

How Do You Use a GoPro as a Webcam?

GoPros aren’t just useful as video capture devices for kayak or ski trips. Sure, they’re great in the wilderness, but they can also produce outstanding video streams from home. And the best part is that setting up your GoPro as a webcam is shockingly simple and only takes a few steps.

For those with PCs, it may be helpful to read our article on how to use an external webcam on a laptop with Windows 10. And likewise, for gamers, we have a separate instructional on how to use Kinect as a webcam.

And lastly, if you go through all this and run into issues. We have a detailed guide explaining the common reasons why a webcam isn’t working.

STEP 1 Install Latest Firmware Updates

Connect your GoPro to your computer via a USB cable. On your computer, download and access the GoPro Quick app and ensure you have the latest updates to your device.

STEP 2 Get the GoPro Webcam App

Download and install the GoPro Webcam Desktop Utility software app from the GoPro website. Once it’s downloaded, you should see a GoPro icon pop up on your computer’s taskbar.

STEP 3 Turn on GoPro

Power on your GoPro. As you do this, you should see a blue dot appear over the GoPro icon on your taskbar. The blue dot signifies you have made a successful connection.

STEP 4 Open the Webcam Software

Click on the GoPro icon, and a drop-down menu will appear. There will be an option for “View Preview.” Press this settings menu button to open the webcam mode.

STEP 5 Adjust the Settings

In the video feed, there will be options to adjust the camera orientation, the resolution, and the lens to have a narrow or wide-angle view.

Warning

Many older GoPro models do not have the firmware necessary to run the webcam function.

STAT: A GoPro’s built-in battery will last about 1.5 to 2 hours. (source)

How to Use a GoPro as a Webcam FAQs

Are there benefits to using a GoPro for a webcam?

Newer GoPro models come with 4k resolution and provide fantastic picture quality. Also, as action cams, they are durable and easy to maneuver.

Are all GoPro models able to be used as webcams?

Only some newer models, like the HERO 10 Black, HERO 9 Black, and HERO 8 Black, support the webcam feature.

Does the GoPro webcam app work with all computers?

The app is compatible with all major computer OS systems, like Windows, Mac, and Chrome.
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