How to Live Stream your GoPro to PC using VLC media player

GoPro is a popular camera device among adventurers, athletes, surfers, travelers, and bloggers for action photography. GoPro can be mounted anywhere possible, and this makes it incredible to use as a daily camera for both adventures as well as casual photography.

GoPro supports live streaming from camera to smartphones using WiFi. Live streaming is useful to control your camera and set it to record an object by simply looking at the phone. Live streaming allows users to see what the camera is seeing through a GoPro app that is installed on the smartphone.

Ever thought of live streaming from your GoPro camera to Windows PC? There are many ways in which you can live stream your GoPro camera to Pc. The GoPro supports live streaming and audio playback using VLC media player, ffplay, etc. Streaming from a camera to your PC has many advantages. It enables you to save your feed, and restream without using HDMI capture card.

GoPro creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot and can be used to connect to external devices like mobile and laptop to control the camera, import files and preview the live streamings via your device. When you connect your mobile devices from GoPro App to GoPro WiFi network, you can check the previews what GoPro can see directly on the phone. This is very useful to control your camera and adjust to the object that you want to record on the video by simply looking at the phone.

The smartphone links to the GoPro HTTP server to access files. GoPro Wi-Fi’s are mostly used with smartphone apps in Android and iOS to stream from your GoPro camera and transfer files directly from a camera to the mobile device. Just like mobile apps you can live stream from GoPro cameras to PC with WiFi to VLC Player. The set up is easy and doesn’t require you to install any external software.

That being said, you can live stream from your  GoPro camera to PC using WiFi toVLC media player by directly connecting to the GoPro’s web server. The GoPro ‘s web server is very basic and provides links to the live feeds and camera files.

In this article, we talk about streaming your GoPro camera to VLC Media Player using Wi-Fi.

Live Stream GoPro to PC using VLC media player

GoPro creates its own WiFi hotspot and can be used to connect multiple devices like computers and mobiles at the same time.

Turn on your GoPro camera and switch to Wireless mode.

Turn on the Wi-Fi on your computer. The GoPro should appear in the list of available wireless networks.

Connect your laptop to your GoPro’s Wi-Fi network.  You can join to GoPro WiFi network like any other wifi network. Give the password that you created during the initial GoPro setup. Once done, the next step is to Connect to the GoPro’s web server

Open the web browser and type the IP address  This works because GoPro runs on a web HTTP server at port 8080. Your GoPro app from Android or iOS uses this port to access files from GoPro camera into mobile devices. In this case, you can stream GoPro straight to the VLC by connecting to the GoPro HTTP server.

Now go to the amba.m3u8 link and Copy the URL in the address bar. The folder provides access to the transport streams that are created by GoPro for live streaming  to the mobile apps

In the new Window that appears, select the location where you want to save the file.

Click the Save button to download the file.

Launch VLC Media Player and navigate to Media

Click Open Network Stream from the menu and in the new window that appears, paste the network URL in the box under Network protocol.

Click the Play button to launch and view the live stream from your camera to VLC media player.

Live Stream GoPro to PC using VLC media player

That’s all.

Let us know if you can get it to work.

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