A beta firmware intended for the GoPro HERO8 Black gives the wide angle perspective to video calls, virtual lessons and online events, without the need for third-party accessories. In practice, the action camera becomes a 1080p webcam. GoPro HERO8 Black can be used as a 1080p high definition wide angle webcam.
You can update the action-cam with a beta release of the new firmware and install the new desktop utility GoPro Webcam to be able to use the camera as a webcam. The GoPro Webcam desktop utility is currently available for Mac OS users, while Windows support is under development.
Using your HERO8 Black camera as a webcam is easy, just follow these simple steps:
- Install the beta version of the camera firmware on your HERO8 Black
- Install the new GoPro Webcam desktop utility on your computer
- Connect HERO8 Black to your computer with any USB-C cable (with the one supplied with the GoPro, for example)
- Once you’re signed in to a compatible video conferencing application, just select GoPro from the list of available cameras and you’re good to go
The wide range of GoPro supports allows you to be creative and share videos with perspectives never seen before. Whether it’s a laboratory lesson filmed with the versatile Magnetic Swivel Clip holder or a cooking lesson that uses the Shorty tripod and handle holder, all the footage will be in crystal clear 1080p high definition. You can also switch to 720p resolution if you prefer.
HERO8 Black and the GoPro Webcam desktop utility are currently compatible with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Discord and BlueJeans, as well as with Webex, Skype, Facebook Rooms, Facebook Messenger and Slackif accessed from Google Chrome browser on Mac OS. HERO8 Black can also be used to stream live on YouTube or to start a new movie recording on QuickTime.
For those who want to stream live with a cable-free perspective, the HERO8 Black, HERO7 Black and MAX cameras can stream live on Twitch, as well as on YouTube, Facebook profiles and Facebook pages. Through RTMP users can stream live on Vimeo, Facebook groups and Facebook Workplace.
GoPro Hero8 Black is on sale on Amazon for 329.99 euros, certainly not cheap but all in all convenient considering that it is one of the best action cameras on the market that can also be used as a high quality webcam.