How to use GoPro as Webcam on Windows computer

GoPro cameras are widely used for action photography. It is a popular pocket-sized camera device used by adventures, surfers, athletes, travelers, and bloggers as a daily camera, and can be mounted anywhere. They are great for rugged use and is ideal for capturing videos when you are in beach, mountain, snow, diving into water or going for sky diving.

Nowadays GoPro usage is increased beyond just action photography. It is used by bloggers and travelers as a production camera and is used to film everything around you. The camera is versatile enough to capture everything when your outside. Ever wondered how you can use a camera when you are off from adventure.

There is a lot of buzz on using a GoPro as a webcam for streaming. There is absolutely no dearth of things that you can try with GoPro. If you are thinking about whether to use GoPro as a webcam or not, then the possibility is yes. You can squeeze in to get extra usage from your GoPro when you are not using it for photography. Its wide-angle lens, Ultrawide settings, and HD camera make it suitable to use as webcams when you’re not using it for outdoor activities.

GoPro cameras can be replaced with your traditional webcams and can be used for video calling platforms like Skype, Google Meetings and others. To get a professional appearance with GoPro web camera, all one has to do to is properly set up your GoPro to use it as webcam. In this article, we will guide you through the process of using GoPro as a webcam for your Windows computer.

Use GoPro as a Webcam without a Capture Card

To use GoPro as a webcam you will be needing the following components:

  1. GoPro Camera
  2. Regular HDMI Cable or a micro HDMI cable
  3. HDMI Dongle USB device. This converts an HDMI signal to  a webcam signal

Setup Connections

  • Connect the HDMI Dongle USB device to your Windows computer.
  • Connect your GoPro camera to the HDMI cable and connect the other open end of the cable into the USB dongle.

Setup GoPro and use it as Webcam

How to use GoPro as Webcam on Windows

  1. Turn on your GoPro camera.
  2. Launch the video calling applications like Skype.
  3. Open the camera settings and choose your USB or HDMI output as a webcam. If you are using Skype, go to Tools. Navigate to video settings. Choose your camera to a suitable device that is displayed on the menu.

Now that everything is done, you can Start recording using GoPro as a webcam.

Use GoPro as a Webcam with a Capture Card

To use GoPro as a webcam you will be needing the following components:

  1. GoPro Camera
  2. Regular HDMI Cable or a micro HDMI cable
  3. Mini USB Cable
  4. Video Capture Card which converts video signals from GoPro into a digital format which can be used for streaming from the camera to computer.
  5. Open Broadcaster  Software (Free)

Setup Connections

  • Connect  your GoPro’s USB cable to your computer
  • Connect HDMI cable to GoPro. Connect the other open end to the HDMI port of capture device.
  • Connect the USB cable from the Capture device to the USB port of your computer.

Setup OBS Studio

Download and install OBS Studio.

Navigate to sources and add video Capture Device.

Setup GoPro and use it as Webcam

  • Turn on your GoPro camera.
  • Launch the video calling applications like Skype.

Open the camera settings and choose your video capture card as a webcam.

In the case of Skype, go to Tools. Navigate to video settings. Choose your camera to a suitable device that is displayed on the menu.

Now that everything is done, you can Start recording using GoPro as a webcam.

That’s all.

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