GoPro has released a new beta desktop webcam application that allows the GoPro HERO8 Black action camera to function as an HD webcam. The camera must be updated with the new beta firmware and connected to a MacOS computer using a USB-C cable. The beta version of the webcam is currently compatible with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Discord and BlueJeans as well as Webex, Skype, Facebook Rooms, Facebook Messenger and Slack if you access it via a Google Chrome browser under macOS. A Windows version is under development.
GoPro joins all other camera manufacturers who have released webcam software for their products in the past few months. The company has released the Webcam Beta app, which offers the HD webcam functionality of its flagship action camera. However, there are certain restrictions. Let's take a quick look at the new webcam feature for GoPro.
As the title suggests, the new Webcam Beta only works with the latest action camera from GoPro – HERO8 Black. This is a shame because there are still many HERO7, HERO6 or even older generations out there. Another limitation is that the Webcam Beta app is currently only available for Apple MacOS users. However, GoPro says they are working on a version of Windows. Let's hope it will be released soon.
GoPro Webcam Beta turns the GoPro HERO8 Black into a 1080p wide-angle webcam (if necessary, it can also be switched to 720p). No third party accessories are required. Only a USB-C cable is required to connect to a computer.
To be able to use the GoPro webcam functionality, you must first install the free firmware of the beta camera on the HERO8 Black. The new GoPro Webcam Desktop Utility must then be installed on the computer. After connecting the HERO8 Black to the computer with a USB-C cable, simply select GoPro from the list of available camera sources in the streaming or video conferencing software. GoPro created step-by-step instructions for the entire process.
The desktop utility HERO8 Black and GoPro Webcam is currently compatible with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Discord and BlueJeans as well as Webex, Skype, Facebook Rooms, Facebook Messenger and Slack when accessed through a Google Chrome browser on Mac OS. To ensure that Chrome recognizes the GoPro webcam as an option, click the Chrome menu button (top right corner) and navigate to Settings> Privacy and security> Website settings> Camera to approve GoPro as a camera input source.
The GoPro HERO8 Black can also be used to stream live on YouTube and start new movies in QuickTime. Users can choose to use a wide, linear, or narrow field of view for streaming.
For older GoPro camera models, the webcam setup requires an HDMI-USB converter (recording device). This is possible with the GoPro HERO4, HERO5, HERO6 and HERO7 Black models. You can find useful instructions on the GoPro website. It's also worth noting that GoPro HERO8 Black, HERO7 Black and MAX cameras already support wireless live stream directly to Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. Via RTMP, users can stream live to Vimeo, Facebook groups and the workplace via Facebook.
GoPro has a special section of its forum in the GoPro Support Hub, where you can ask questions about the new Webcam Beta or view some solved problems.
Are you planning to try the HERO8 as a webcam? Have you ever needed a wide-angle fisheye perspective for streaming or video calls? Let us know in the comments below the article.