GoPro Webcam – How to Use Your GoPro As a Webcam

GoPro Webcam

GoPro Webcam is a software application that enables you to use your GoPro camera as a webcam on either Windows or macOS computers, perfect for anyone using video conferencing applications like Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Before beginning, be sure your GoPro has been updated with the most up-to-date firmware and is fully charged. In addition, connect it to your computer using a USB cable.

Video Quality

GoPro cameras may be best known for capturing mountain biking and snowboarding action, but they’re equally adept at being webcams. GoPro’s two latest flagship models — and — can act as your laptop webcam simply using their included USB-C cable and software (available both for Windows and Mac computers).

GoPro Camera App, included on all modern models, makes setting up an external video source easy for your computer. The image produced may even surpass that from built-in pinhole cams on modern laptops; its wide angle lens captures more of your environment than standard webcams can.

GoPro cameras by default use 1080p at 30 frames per second resolution when in Webcam mode; you can switch this setting to 720p via the settings. Furthermore, GoPro plans on providing support for more digital lenses in future updates.

GoPro cameras make an excellent webcam solution when used for webcasting; their live video can either be displayed directly onto your screen, or sent out for capture program editing. Both outputs come complete with high-quality microphone feeds even when recording in low light environments.

I conducted webcam tests with the GoPro across various applications, such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Twitch, BlueJeans and Facebook Rooms. Each time, the resulting video was clear and showed more of the scene than my laptop’s built-in pinhole cam did; however, audio delay of about two seconds wasn’t ideal for webcam usage.

The GoPro Webcam app may not be as well-conceived as dedicated webcam software would be, but it still gets the job done efficiently and in an accessible way. Streamers who don’t want to go through the hassle of purchasing and connecting an HDMI capture card as well as learning its software may find this solution ideal. Ultimately, hopefully it’ll inspire some to upgrade to an action camera they might otherwise have overlooked!

Video Resolution

GoPro’s two recent flagship cameras – the Hero 8 Black and Hero 9 Black – come equipped with an optional software update to turn them into desktop webcams without an external capture card. It is a straightforward process that works on macOS as well as Windows systems.

Make no mistake; using your GoPro as a webcam won’t provide access to all the same image settings you can find when making videos; rather, it offers only one resolution, currently 720p at 30 frames per second and an unimpressive 110-degree field of view (the default ‘Wide setting’ provides this). That compares poorly with some action cams which provide ultra wide 155 degree FOVs!

GoPro cameras boast resolution that more than suffices to provide quality images during online meetings or conference calls – in fact, some laptops boast built-in cameras with lower quality image output!

To use your GoPro as a webcam, first make sure the firmware has been upgraded using either Quik App or manually by selecting Camera Settings > Preferences > Resolution and selecting between 720p and 1080p as your resolution option.

Zoom (and similar video-conferencing apps) should recognize GoPro cameras as sources for video feeds; clicking this option should open a preview of its footage as well as display its name in the status bar.

GoPro users can also customize video quality in the Preferences menu of the app by tapping its icon in the status bar and choosing Video settings, where you can select higher resolution and change frame rate settings as well as switching digital lenses if their standard wide lens doesn’t meet their needs. GoPro promises additional options will soon be made available through their Digital Lens menu – including linear and non-fisheye superview modes.

This second method requires more setup but should still be relatively quick and easy. First, you’ll need a GoPro with HDMI output such as Fusion or MAX 360 that connects via USB to your computer, then an capture card, GoPro’s desktop webcam utility (downloadable through Quik app on phone or website), capture card and capture card for recording video – then the process should take five minutes or less and should be fairly straightforward.

Audio Quality

GoPro cameras often offer disappointing audio quality. This can be due to several factors, including environmental conditions or microphone quality; however, there are ways you can enhance its audio output. Here are a few steps you can take to improve it further.

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve the audio quality of your GoPro videos is with a professional-grade external microphone, as this will greatly increase clarity while giving them a much more professional vibe. Furthermore, editing software may further boost its audio quality.

There are several fantastic microphones compatible with GoPro cameras that are worth exploring, in addition to using a windscreen to reduce background noise and experimenting with various recording sensitivity settings for optimal results.

Another effective way of improving the audio quality of your GoPro videos is using a sound-amplification system. This will increase both volume and clarity during recordings; especially helpful when shooting in noisy environments.

Finally, voice-activated software programs can also help enhance the sound quality of your GoPro camera by recording with greater clarity and only capturing specific sounds you wish to record.

GoPro action cameras offer built-in microphones, but most have subpar audio quality – particularly the HERO 7 and 8 models with microphones that often become muffled or distorted due to ambient sound, making them unusable for most action shots.

GoPro has recently enhanced the audio quality of its latest action cameras – the Hero 8 and HERO 9. These new cameras feature front-facing mini shotgun mics which help reduce ambient noise for clearer, more intelligible audio recordings. In addition, these microphones use higher sample rates which further decrease distortion and aliasing. Furthermore, GoPro’s enhanced night mode helps further minimize background noise during low light situations.

Streaming

Using a GoPro as a webcam requires sacrifice in terms of battery life and screen size, as well as proximity to WiFi networks (or mobile hotspots) with USB cables connected – this way, its screen won’t turn off after just minutes of inactivity and saves you from switching back and forth between smartphone apps and the GoPro’s app.

Most GoPros can be configured to act as webcams with just a few minor adjustments. First off, update the camera firmware via GoPro Quik or manually. Plug the camera into a powered USB port on your computer; Elgato Cam Link driver installation may also be required (if not already present).

Next, connect the camera to a computer using its USB cable and launch the GoPro App. It should recognize your camera and ask if you would like to “Set Up a Live Stream”, selecting it and following its instructions including choosing a resolution and other requirements. After setting up the stream successfully, the GoPro App will provide an URL and stream key – copy this and paste into whatever streaming platform is being used, taking care to include / at the end – then you’re all set! You’re now ready to begin streaming!

Use this method with most video chat services, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts and OBS. However, one disadvantage of this approach is routing the stream through two distinct networks – including WiFi on a GoPro camera and 4G cell phone networks – which may cause latency issues.

Use the Streamster app for easy multi-streaming your GoPro and advanced features for broadcasters. Adjust the video quality via the app, choose from various digital lenses that change field of view, change resolution of stream and monitor its performance from your smartphone or computer – all from one convenient place!

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