How to Use GoPro as a Webcam on Mac

GoPro is widely used out there and you may not know that you now can use your GoPro as a webcam on your Mac. While using GoPro allows you to record in full HD, you can also make use of other features including the ability to use the wider angle lens. Also, the pixel and color clarity on the GoPro range generally far exceed those found on general webcams nowadays. Here’s how to use GoPro as a webcam on Mac

Which GoPro Can Work as a Webcam

Unfortunately, not all GoPros can be used as a webcam on your Mac. So, make sure you now have a supported device. The full list of webcam-enabled GoPros include:

  • HERO9 Black
  • HERO8 Black
  • HERO7 Black
  • HERO6 Black
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO4 Black

Hero5 and 6 have better light sensitivity in a dimmer environment when compared to Hero7. In addition, the GoPro HERO8 and HERO9 Black actually support webcams.

How to Use GoPro as a Webcam on Mac (HERO8 & HERO9)

Step 1: Get the Gears

Here are what you need before setting up:

  • GoPro HERO8 or HERO9 Black.
  • A USB-C cable ( you can use the one that came with your GoPro).
  • A GoPro mounting option.

Step 2: Set Up the Point of View

GoPro is compatible with all existing GoPro mounts. So, you can feel free to choose what you like. Some of our favorites are Jaws Flex Clamp, Magnetic Swivel Clip, and Gooseneck. Also, you should update your device to the latest firmware. 

Step 3: Install GoPro Webcam Desktop Utility

Download the GoPro Webcam desktop utility software to your Mac. After that, a GoPro icon will appear in your status bar.

Note: GoPro Webcam desktop utility is currently available for macOS and as a beta for Windows users.

Step 4: Plugin

Connect your GoPro to your computer via USB-C cable. And, you will see a blue dot from the GoPro app icon in the status bar once your GoPro is connected and powered on. At that point, it will default to Webcam Mode.

Tips: If your GoPro is connected to a USB port that outputs >500mA, then your computer will power the camera without using your GoPro battery.

Step 5: Select GoPro as Your Preferred Camera

You can preview your new webcam by clicking the GoPro icon and selecting Show Preview from the dropdown. Also, you can switch your digital lens to choose a Wide, Narrow, or Linear field of view.

Next, navigate to the chosen video conferencing platform and select GoPro. When you join a call, the GoPro icon will show a red dot once you’re live.

Tips: To make sure that Chrome recognizes GoPro Webcam as an option, click the Chrome’s menu button on the top-right corner. Next, open Settings > Privacy and Security > Site Settings > Camera to approve GoPro as a camera input source.

Compatible video conferencing platforms currently include:

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

How to Use GoPro as a Webcam on Mac (HERO4 Black, HERO5 Black, HERO6 Black, or HERO7 Black)

Unlike the technique for the newest models, you don’t need to use USB-C for HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, or HERO4 Black. Therefore, the setup process is slightly different.

Step 1: Preparing

Here are the required items: 

  • HDMI-to-Micro HDMI Cable
  • HDMI-to-USB video converter.
  • USB charging cord.
  • A GoPro mounting (optional).

Step 2: Get a video capture card

We recommend the Elgato Cam Link 4K. However, the Magewell USB Capture HDMI is another good alternative.

Step 3: Prep your GoPro

  1. Turn the camera on
  2. Swipe down, and choose Preferences
  3. Scroll down, and choose Input/Output
  4. Select HDMI Output. then change to Live.

When you’re done, plug your micro-HDMI cable into the GoPro. Next, plug the HDMI end into your video capture card. Finally, plug your capture card into your Mac. Also, make sure your GoPro is plugged into a power source.

Step 4: Choose your software

When it comes to choosing your software, you have 2 options. You can either choose your GoPro as the source in your favorite video conferencing software or go via OBS. With the first option, simply go to the software’s settings and choose your GoPro as the video source.

If you want to go the OBS route:

  1. Download the open-source software.
  2. Click on the “+” symbol on the menu.
  3. Choose Video Capture Device.
  4. Create “New”.
  5. Choose your video capture card in the menu, and your GoPro should now show up on the display.

Now, you are ready to use your new GoPro Webcam! If you have any questions, let us know in the comments.

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