Ask a Question
GoPro Support Hub Ask a question. Share an answer. Find a solution. Stay stoked.
Announcements
Is your GoPro gear up to date? Check to see If it is on our Update page.

How to Use Your GoPro as a Webcam

by GoPro on ‎08-12-2020 10:08 AM - edited Wednesday

Instructions for Mac Users

  1. Preview Webcam
  2. Camera Orientation
  3. Using the GoPro Webcam in your program
  4. Adjust Resolution
  5. Adjusting the Digital Lens
  6. Popular Tools that Support GoPro Webcam
  7. FAQ

Instructions for Windows Users (Beta)

  1. Preview Webcam
  2. Using the GoPro Webcam in your program
  3. Adjusting the Digital Lens
  4. Popular Tools that Support GoPro Webcam
  5. FAQ

 

Getting Started with GoPro Webcam for Mac



 

Step 1: Update your HERO8 or HERO9 Black to the most current firmware. 

  1. Update your camera via the GoPro App or by a manual update.

Step 2: Install and launch the GoPro Webcam app

  1. Download GoPro Webcam desktop utility and install the software on your computer.

  2. In the Status bar, you will now see a GoPro icon.

User-added image

 

Step 3: Connect your camera

  1.  Power on your camera and connect it to your computer via USB cable.

    • Using a USB 3.0 port on your computer will provide you with the best results to ensure you maintain battery life.  

  2. In the status bar, the GoPro icon will display a blue dot to indicate a successful connection.

User-added image


The camera will go into USB mode.
User-added image


 

Preview Webcam

To preview your webcam setup, click on the GoPro icon in the status bar and select “Show Preview”. This will give you the ability to understand your Wide field of view prior to going live. 


User-added image


You will now see the camera preview. You can switch  between “mirror” and “flip”.
     
                                                                                                                                                                        

User-added imageUser-added image

 

Camera Orientation

If you rotate your camera to a portrait orientation, the streamed image will rotate automatically. 

 

Using the GoPro Webcam in your program

Open your webcam application and select GoPro Camera as your preferred camera (see below for supported programs).


Example in Zoom:

User-added image


Heads Up... If the app is already open, you might need to quit and restart that application for the GoPro Camera option to be visible.


The camera will then go into GoPro Webcam mode as shown below.
 

User-added imageUser-added image


In the status bar, the GoPro icon will display a red dot to indicate that the camera is recording.

User-added image

 

Adjust resolution

To change your resolution, click on the GoPro icon in the status bar and select “Preferences”.

User-added image

Here you can choose between 1080p (default) or 720p.

User-added image

Adjusting the Digital Lens to affect the Field of View (FOV)

Once your camera is connected and broadcasting (showing the red dot), you can then select a different Digital Lens to change your FOV. The FOV change will take a couple of moments. 

User-added image
 

Here are some popular tools that support GoPro Webcam on Mac

  • YouTube Live - Using Chrome
  • Zoom - App/Chome
  • Webex - Using Chrome 
  • Slack - Using Chrome 
  • Google Meet 
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Skype - Using Chrome
  • Twitch via OBS
  • BlueJeans - App
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Facebook Rooms - App/Chrome 
  • Discord - Using Chrome
  • Snap Camera
 

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm having trouble connecting the GoPro. What steps can I take to fix this?
  • Close the platform/app you are using and then unplug the camera.
  • Turn your GoPro off and then back on again.
  • Reconnect the GoPro to your computer. If possible, try using a different USB port on your computer.
  • Reopen your platform/app.
  • If you still don't have success, do the same steps above using a different USB cable.
My camera isn't being recognized.
  • Unplug your camera from the computer
  • Ensure that you have the correct setting applied in Preferences>Connections>USB Connection
    • Select MTP if you want to use file transfer
    • Select GoPro Connect to use GoPro Webcam
Can I use a different GoPro model as a webcam?
  • Using a GoPro as a webcam is only offered through the HERO9 Black and HERO9 Black at this time.
Can I connect my camera wirelessly?
  • Wireless connections are not supported for the webcam function at this time. You will need to use a USB cable to connect the camera to your computer.
Can I change my camera orientation (portrait vs. landscape) and still have the image appear right-side up? 
  • The GoPro must be in an upright, horizontal position.
Can I have the Webcam firmware and the GoPro Labs firmware installed on my GoPro at the same time?
  • At this time, you can only have one version of the firmware installed at a time.
More FAQ and troubleshooting can be found here.

 

Getting Started with GoPro Webcam for Windows (Beta)

 

Step 1: Update your HERO8 Black or HERO9 Black to the latest firmware.

  1. Update your camera via the GoPro App or by a manual update.

Step 2: Install and launch the GoPro Webcam app

  1. Join the Facebook group called GoPro Webcam Beta (Facebook account required).
  2. Download the GoPro Webcam desktop utility and install the software on your computer.

Step 3: Connect your camera

  1.  Power on your camera and connect it to your computer using a USB cable.

The camera will go into USB mode.
User-added image
 

Preview Webcam

To preview your webcam setup, right-click on the GoPro icon in the status bar and select “Show Preview”. This will give you the ability to understand your Wide field of view prior to going live. 

 

Using the GoPro Webcam in your program

Open your webcam application and select GoPro Camera as your preferred camera (see below for supported programs).


Example in Zoom:

User-added image


Heads Up... If the app is already open, you might need to quit and restart that application for the GoPro Camera option to be visible.

The camera will then go into GoPro Webcam mode.

User-added imageUser-added image


In the status bar, the GoPro icon will display a red dot to indicate that the camera is recording:

User-added image
 

Adjusting the Digital Lens to affect the Field of View (FOV)


Once your camera is connected and broadcasting (showing the red dot), you can then select a different Digital Lens to change your FOV. Right click on the GoPro Icon and the options will appear. Hover over Digital Lens and your Lens options will show. The FOV change will take a couple of moments. 

User-added image


Here are some popular tools that support GoPro Webcam Beta for Windows

  • Zoom - App/Chrome
  • Webex - App/Chrome
  • Slack - App/Chrome
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teamsn - App/Chrome
  • Skype - App/Chrome
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Facebook Rooms - App
  • Discord - App/Chrome

Heads Up... For Chrome support, click the Chrome’s menu button (top-right corner), then select Settings > Privacy and Security > Site Settings > Camera.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm having trouble connecting the GoPro. What steps can I take to fix this?
  • Close the platform/app you are using and then unplug the camera.
  • Turn your GoPro off and then back on again.
  • Reconnect the GoPro to your computer. If possible, try using a different USB port on your computer.
  • Reopen your platform/app.
  • If you still don't have success, do the same steps above using a different USB cable.
My camera isn't being recognized.
  • Unplug your camera from the computer
  • Ensure that you have the correct setting applied in Preferences>Connections>USB Connection
    • Select MTP if you want to use file transfer
    • Select GoPro Connect to use GoPro Webcam
Can I use a different GoPro model as a webcam?
  • Using a GoPro as a webcam is only offered through the HERO9 Black and HERO8 Black at this time.
Can I connect my camera wirelessly?
  • Wireless connections are not supported for the webcam function at this time. You will need to use a USB cable to connect the camera to your computer.
Can I change my camera orientation (portrait vs. landscape) and still have the image appear right-side up? 
  • The GoPro must be in an upright, horizontal position.
Can I have the Webcam firmware and the GoPro Labs firmware installed on my GoPro at the same time?
  • At this time, you can only have one version of the firmware installed at a time.
More FAQ and troubleshooting can be found here.
HELP ARTICLES
JOIN A GROUP
GOPRO LABS
GOPRO WEBCAM