It may seem odd, but your GoPro Hero8 can be used as an external webcam for your Windows PC or laptop computer, allowing you to record video and take pictures of whatever you’re seeing on your computer screen. Here’s how to do it! (All instructions assume you’re using a Windows PC.) To start, plug your GoPro Hero8 into your PC using the USB-C cable that came with the camera. Once you have everything plugged in, launch Skype (or any other video chat program) and open the Preferences menu.
Why Use the GoPro HERO8 as a Webcam?
There are several reasons you might want to use your GoPro HERO8 as a webcam for your Windows PC. The first is that the image quality is better than most built-in webcams. The second reason is that the field of view is much wider, which can be beneficial if you want to show more of your surroundings in the frame. Third, the GoPro HERO8 is more durable than most webcams, so it can withstand being jostled around or dropped.
Fourth, the GoPro HERO8 is much easier to set up than many other webcams because it does not require any drivers and will automatically work with many chat programs like Skype and FaceTime. One downside to using the GoPro HERO8 as a webcam is that it does not have an automatic focus function like most webcams do. So if you move too close or too far away from the camera, the picture may become blurry and difficult to see.
Another issue may arise when using video chatting services like Skype where people on the other end may notice lag time due to higher video quality streaming from your computer’s webcam.
Overview of Settings in OBS
In OBS, click the + button in the Sources window and select Video Capture Device. In the Properties window, give your new source a name (like GoPro Hero8), then select your GoPro from the Device dropdown menu.
From here, you can adjust your video resolution and frame rate in the Output Settings section. You’ll want to experiment with these settings depending on how powerful your computer is and what kind of connection you’re streaming over. For example, if you’re streaming at 720p on 60fps over wifi, it might be a good idea to set the quality of that stream down to medium or low rather than high so that there’s less data being transferred from your camera.
Connecting the HERO8 to OBS
If you want to use your GoPro HERO8 as a webcam, the first thing you need to do is connect it to your computer. The best way to do this is by using a micro HDMI cable. Once you’ve connected the cable, turn on your GoPro and open OBS. On the main screen, click on the Settings button. In the Settings menu, go to the Input Devices tab and select HDMI as your input device. Now, in the Output Devices tab, choose Desktop Duplicate as your output device. Click OK and then start streaming!
Making Sure the HERO8 Works With OBS
If you’re planning on using your GoPro HERO8 as a webcam, you’ll need to make sure it’s compatible with OBS. Here’s a quick guide on how to do that -Plug in the camera via USB cable or via Wi-Fi (either will work)
- Open the Settings menu and find Capture Device.
- Click on Capture Device and choose GoPro HERO8 from the list of options.
- Save settings by clicking on the floppy disk icon in the top right corner of the screen
Show Me Some Results!
So you just got your new GoPro Hero8 and you’re itching to start using it. Well, did you know that you can use it as a webcam for your Windows PC? That’s right, with just a few simple steps, you can be up and running in no time. Here’s how First, download the latest version of the GoPro app from the App Store or Google Play (you’ll need an account). Next, connect your camera to your computer via USB cable. Open the app and then choose ‘Enable Camera’ from the Settings menu.