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How to use the Hero 8 as a webcam on a Mac or a Windows Machine

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So... to follow up on this original topic, "How to use the Hero 8 as a webcam on a 2019 Macbook Pro"

 

I eventually figured out how to get it working. - Yes.... I know GoPro now offers a Beta firmware update and application for the Mac that is (sort of) working. <<< More on that later.   However, if you don't want to sign up to be a beta-tester OR... if you're using a Windows machine this process will still work for you.

 

First, you'll need the Media Mod.

 

Next, you'll need an Elgato HD 60S+ capture card.

 

You'll also need the following items;

HDMI Micro to HDMI

USB Charging Cube plus a, USC C male to USC A male

USB C male to USB C male (Mac) 

USC C male to USC A male (Windows)

 

As a basic primer, I highly recommend watching this video, "How to Live Stream with the GoPro 8"

 

Step 0) Before you get started there are some key settings in your camera that you should program first. 

1) Set the video mode to, 1080|60|N

2) Preferences/General/Auto Power Off to Never.

 

Step 1) Update the firmware on your GoPro Hero 8.  Here's a simple YouTube video on how to do this, "How to update Firmware on the GoPro Hero Black". – The actual instructions begin at 1:25 into the video and eventually you'll need to go to, http://gopro.com/update to download the firmware. <<< Honestly, the firmware update process used to be very simple and straightforward, but for whatever reason they've since added a mobile phone app that is... Well, you watch the video and then read the new instructions regarding the mobile app and decide for yourself.

Step 2) With the firmware successfully updated, install the camera into the Media Mod and remove the battery. – If you try to run the media mod with the battery installed for an extended time the camera will overheat.

 

Step 3) Use the USB Charging Cube and the, USC C male to USC A male to power the camera, plugging the USB C side of the cable into the USB C port of the media mod.

Step 4) Next, plug the HDMI Micro to HDMI cable into the HDMI micro port of the Media Mod and the standard HDMI side of the cable into the HDMI port on the side of the Elgato HD 60S+ capture card marked, "IN".

Step 5) To the immediate right of the HDMI port of the HD 60S+ capture card on the "IN" side of the device, you'll see a USB C port.  If you're a (newer) Mac user, use the USB C male to USB C male to plug the HD 60 S+, using the USB C port adjacent to the HDMI port, into your Mac.  Otherwise you can use the USC C male to USC A male to plug connect the HD 60S+, from the USB C port adjacent to the HDMI port of the HD 60S+, to your computer.

 

Step 6) With the camera powered on, open Zoom (for example) and go to video preferences and select the HD 60S+ Capture as your video device.

 

Step 7) I found this step useful...  Now power cycle the camera and watch the preview window in Zoom preferences.  You will see the GoPro logo come up followed by a circular animation and eventually you'll land on a menu intended to show you all of the recordings on your micro SD card.  At the top of that menu you'll see some icons.  Using the Mode button on the side of the Media Mod navigate to the last icon (camera) on the right and then use the Select/Enter button on the top of the Media Mod to select the camera mode.

 

Step 8) By this point you should be seeing the output of the camera in the preview window; however, you'll also see the output with an overlay on it.  To turn off the overlay, while watching the live output of the camera, press the Mode button on the side of the Media Mod once to bring up the menu at the bottom on the screen. 

 

Step 9) Next, using the Mode button navigate across the menu at the bottom of the screen, from left to right until you get to the last icon on the right (looks like "no view") and use the Select/Enter button on the top of the Media Mod to turn off the overlay.  

Regarding the new GoPro webcam application and firmware update: 

Hopefully by time you read this they'll have sort out all of the bugs.  However, as I type, I am just recovering from following the "official" instructions for installing the Beta software to make this work and I have to tell you that after following all of the steps, it didn't work.  Or at least it didn't work for the first few hours. 

I have no idea why, but even after rebooting my computer several times I could not the get the software to work on my 2019 MacBook Pro.  Then I watched the video again and it said that the software was compatible with Zoom version 5.1.5.  Turned out I was running 5.1.2 and my company didn't have plans to update to 5.1.5 anytime soon, so I figured I was out of luck.  Well a couple of hours later the --bleep-- thing just started working.  I don't know why or what I could have done, but somehow after the umpteenth time I opened Zoom it finally saw GoPro Webcam as a video option.

 

I've been successfully using it for about a week now and so far, it's still working, but it is generally very slow to react.  If I unplug the camera for example and then plug it back in, it takes about 3-5 minutes before the application see the camera (the little blue graphic appears on the app). 

 

So, if you're a Mac user, you might want to try the beta software first and see if that works for you.  It may work for you straight away and you can bypass the Elgato HD 60 S+ setup and the Media Mod as well.  However, if it doesn't work, or if you're using a Windows machine, and GoPro still hasn't released the Windows version of the app yet, then the HD 60S+ is the way to go. 

 

Good luck!