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Introducing GoPro Webcam Beta

by GoPro on ‎07-07-2020 04:53 PM - edited Thursday


How to enable GoPro Webcam Beta for MacOS

Webcam for Windows is in development

Heads up: Before getting started, you will need a microSD card reader, a USB cable, your computer and of course your HERO8 Black camera.

Here is a helpful video walkthrough of the process below!

Step 1: Update your camera

  1. Download GoPro Webcam Beta Firmware. This contains the UPDATE folder to update your HERO8 Black to support the new Webcam feature.
  2. Follow Steps A-C below to manually update your camera.
A. Insert your camera's micro SD card into your computer using micro SD card adapter or USB reader.

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B. Transfer the update file to your micro SD card.
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Open a new Finder window and
select downloads on the left and
find the file.
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Double click on the
file. It will create an UPDATE
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Look for your micro SD card in the
devices section in the sidebar, it will
be listed as untitled. Drag the update
folder to your micro SD card.
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Eject your micro SD card 
by selecting the eject icon.
* Be sure to drag the update folder and
not the update dot zip file 
* Do not drag any folders with numbers
to your micro SD card for example

C. Install the update on your camera.
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Be sure your camera is powered off.
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Insert your micro SD card into your
camera and power it on.
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Your camera will automatically start the
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It will beep and turn itself off
and on several times. A check 
mark on the front screen will 

let you know when it's done
 * If you get a camera UPDATE FAILED
message, remove and reinsert the
battery and restart the update from
the beginning.


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
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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:
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The camera will go into USB mode as shown below:
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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. 

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

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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:

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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:

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


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Adjust resolution

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

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

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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. 

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Here are some popular tools that support GoPro Webcam. 

  • Zoom (v 5.0.5 and newer) and Zoom Chrome Extension
  • YouTube Live (Using Chrome)
  • Webex (Using Chrome)
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Skype (Using Chrome)
  • Twitch via OBS
  • BlueJeans
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Snap Camera
  • Facebook Rooms

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


  • Can I use a different GoPro camera?
    • No. This feature is only for HERO8 Black (and possible future cameras)
  • Can I connect my camera wirelessly?
    • No. At this time, you must us a USB cable to connect the camera to your computer
  • Can I change my camera orientation and still have the image right-side up? 
    • Not at this time. The camera must be in an upright, horizontal position
  • Can I use Webcam Beta and GoPro Labs at the same time?
    • No. At this time, you can only have one version of the firmware installed at a time
More FAQ and troubleshooting can be found HERE.