GoPro as Webcam for Online Webinar

GoPro has just recently announced its brand new GoPro Hero 9 which comes with some new features. Around a year ago, GoPro announced Hero 8. For educational practitioners, both offer convenience as Hero 8 and Hero 9 are equipped with webcam mode to improve video quality for Zoom Meeting, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and etc.

The fact that GoPro can be used as webcam mode lets educational practitioners - lecturer, teacher, and online instructor - use GoPro Hero series as daily gear to handle video quality for Zoom Meeting, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and many other streaming services. Here are supported applications and services as informed by GoPro:

Illustration: Using GoPro as Webcam for Online Webinar - Image credits to GoPro

  • Zoom (v 5.0.5 and newer)
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Skype
  • Twitch via OBS
  • BlueJeans
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Snap Camera
  • Facebook Rooms

If you prefer using Google Chrome browser, here are the supported applications and services:

  • Zoom
  • YouTube Live
  • CIsco Webex

To apply your GoPro as webcam for online webinar, online teaching, or online meeting, you just need to have your laptop, GoPro camera, and USB type-C cable with you. But these are for GoPro 8 and GoPro 9.

If you have older GoPro series - GoPro 7 black, 6 black, 5 black, and 4 black - you will need some more complicated cables. Here they are:

  • HDMI-to-Micro HDMI Cable
  • HDMI-to-USB video converter

Steps - Webcam Mode

To start using it as webcam, here is the step-by-step guide that you need to set up on your GoPro.

  • Turn GoPro camera on
  • Swipe down and select “Preferences
  • Scroll down and select “Input/Output
  • Select “HDMI Output” and choose “Live

After completing those steps, continue to hardware setup. Here it is.

  • Locate your GoPro on your desk or mount it on surface you want
  • Insert micro-HDMI into the port
  • Plug HDMI side into the video capture device
  • Attach HDMI-to-USB converter and insert into your computer Connect GoPro to a power source

Next, you need to configure your video setup.

First Option - Setting it up as video conferencing software:

  • For Skype: Navigate to Settings > Audio + Video > Camera.
  • For Webex: Select Video Icon > Video Connection > click drop down + select your camera
  • For Zoom: Select arrow next to Start/Stop Video > Video Settings > Change your camera

Note: If you have more than two cameras in your Zoom Room, you are allowed to dynamically switch your active camera by selecting it from a list when you tap “Switch Camera”.

Second Option - Setting it up for OBS (for live streaming)

  • Open Streamlabs OBS and follow the workflow for adding a video source
  • With OBS, you click the “+” in the video source menu
  • Select Video Capture Device
  • Create “New” and name your video source
  • Select your hardware in the dropdown menu
  • Click “OK
  • If GoPro-turned-webcam does not show up on the display, re-check the steps and repeat the steps.