Due to the current pandemic, we’re seeing major digital transformations and professionals offering their services online. Now if you’re a fitness instructor, teacher, a chef training other aspiring chefs, a parent homeschooling your kid or any other professional who’s looking to demonstrate your craft to your audience you do need a high-performance webcam that can capture you and the environment in a more flattering manner than traditional webcams allow.
Here’s good news for you, GoPro announced today that its flagship HERO8 Black camera can now function as an HD wide-angle webcam. All you have to do is update your HERO8 Black with a beta release of the new firmware and install the new GoPro Webcam desktop utility to use your camera as a webcam now on.
Using your HERO8 Black camera as a webcam is easy. Visit gopro.com and follow these simple steps:
- Install the beta camera firmware onto your HERO8 Black.
- Install the new GoPro Webcam desktop utility onto your computer.
- Plug your HERO8 Black into your computer with any USB-C cable (the one that came with your GoPro, for example).
- Once logged into a compatible video conference application, simply choose GoPro from the list of available camera sources and you’re good to go!
To get more creative with your video sharing perspective you can use different mounts like a Shorty grip-and-tripod mount for streaming a cooking class or maybe a Magnetic Swivel Clip Mount if it’s a classroom lab session. You can also switch between 1080p and 720p depending on your preference.
The GoPro Webcam desktop utility is currently available for Mac OS users with support for Windows is in development. It is compatible with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Skype, Facebook Rooms, Facebook Messenger Discord, and BlueJeans as well as Webex and Slack can be accessed via Google Chrome Browser on Mac OS. HERO8 Black can also be used for live streaming to YouTube and to start a new movie recording in QuickTime.
If you have the GoPro Hero7 or its predecessors, check out this step-by-step tutorial for setting it up as a Webcam.