GoPro are the world’s most versatile action cameras which allow us to capture everything happening around us. It is so versatile that there is almost nothing you can’t do with it. So, we decided to show you some simple steps on how to use a GoPro as a webcam, as well as, some additional hardware you might need for it.
The Benefits of Using GoPro As a Webcam
You can repurpose your GoPro camera and use it on your computer. The main benefit is getting more use of your investment, as well as, recording in full High Definition. Moreover, you will be able to take advantage of other features, including using a pixel and color clarity and a wider angle lens.
The proper set up will provide a more professional appearance, especially when using visual platforms such as Skype, GoToMeeting, and Google Meetings. Moreover, if you are more into gaming and want to stream your gaming experience, a proper set up will help you look more professional.
Hence, your GoPro has to work correctly and be in good condition so you can repurpose it as a webcam. Some of the best GoPro cameras you can repurpose are Hero6, Hero4, and Hero5 Black. Using your GoPro as a webcam will provide 120 frames per second, which means clear resolution and higher quality.
In order to use a GoPro camera as a webcam, you will also need a highspeed micro HDMI to HDMI cable and an HDMI dongle USB device.
Step by Step Instructions How to Use GoPro as Webcam
First and foremost, if you want your webcam to be stable, you will need a mini tripod or maybe a protective case for it to keep your camera safe. Moreover, your camera should be fully charged before connecting it.
• You should first connect one end of the camera to the correct size HDMI end.
• Then, connect the USB HDMI dongle to your computer.
• Connect the open end of the HDMI cable into the USB dongle.
• Ensure everything is correct and are powered on.
• You should log into the platform you want to use the GoPro as a webcam for and start recording.
• Always do some tests before actually flipping your webcam on.
So, as your GoPro is set up and recording, you might want to consider a number of things in order to enhance your viewers viewing experience. Think about everything which can be improved, such as your focus and background.
Advanced- Windows Components
You will need your GoPro camera, as well as, a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable converter. Moreover, you will need a mini USB to USB 3.0 connector or cable, and a high Quality Capture Card. Last but not least, some software might be required, such as OBS which is free to download.
Advanced- MAC Components
You need also your GoPro camera and a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable converter, a ThunderBolt Cable, Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Card, and the OBS software.
How to Use Webcam and Streaming
All cables should be connected to your computer and the downloaded OBS should be already installed on your Windows or MAC. Make sure you disable OSD on your GoPro if you don’t want the default picture settings.
Then, launch the Open broadcaster Software and configure it to receive the video signal from GoPro. You should simply add the Capture Card as a video source on OBS.
These are the only steps you need to know in order to have your GoPro capture on the screen. GoPro as a webcam works well with MAC and Windows apps, including Skype, VideoChats, and FaceTime.
For those of you who wonder whether you need a capture card or not, it really depends. You need the capture card as the output from GoPro is a plain video format that needs to be converted into binary or digital code that computers understand. However, you won’t need it if you use an HDMI USB dongle.