Wondering how to use your GoPro Hero 11 as a webcam? This post is for you.

You will be pleased to learn that your highly versatile GoPro Hero 11 Black action camera can be used as a webcam as well. So, if you do not like your laptop camera, then you can use your GoPro to get refined audio/video quality.

In this article, you’ll discover all the steps and equipment you need to set up your GoPro Hero 11 as a webcam.

Read on to know more.

 

GoPro Hero 11 as Webcam – Equipment Needed


To turn your GoPro Hero 11 Black into a webcam, you need some equipment ready. The list below specifies all the gear needed:

  1. USB Cable – The USB cable that comes with your GoPro works fine. This will direct power your Hero 11, so you don’t have to depend on its battery.
  2. GoPro Mount – A tripod or any other requisite GoPro mount ensures that your camera is rightly positioned to give the best possible view.

 

Set Up GoPro Hero 11 as Webcam – Mac OS


Here’s the step-by-step guide to set up your GoPro Hero 11 Black as a webcam on your Mac system:

  • Step #1: Update your Hero 11 Black to the most current firmware.
  • Step #2: Download GoPro Webcam desktop utility and install the software on your computer. Launch the app.
  • Step #3: Power on your camera and connect it to your computer via a USB cable. In the status bar, the GoPro icon will display a blue dot to indicate a successful connection, and your camera will be in USB Mode.
  • Step #4: Click on the GoPro icon in the status bar and select [Show Preview]. This gives you the ability to understand your Wide field of view prior to going live. This will show you the camera preview. You can switch between [mirror] and [flip].
  • Step #5: Open your webcam application (like Zoom) and select GoPro Camera as your preferred camera. Your GoPro Hero 11 will go into GoPro Webcam mode. In the status bar, the GoPro icon displays a red dot to indicate that the camera is recording.

camera preview

Adjusting the Digital Lens to affect the Field of View (FOV)

Once your GoPro Hero 11 is connected and broadcasting (showing the red dot), you can select a different [Digital Lens] to change your FOV. This change takes a couple of moments.

Apps that Support GoPro Webcam on Mac

  • YouTube Live Using Chrome
  • Zoom – App/Chome
  • Webex – Using Chrome
  • Slack – Using Chrome
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Skype – Using Chrome
  • Twitch – via OBS
  • BlueJeans – App
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Facebook Rooms – App/Chrome
  • Discord – Using Chrome
  • Snap Camera

 

Set Up GoPro Hero 11 as Webcam – Windows


Here’s the step-by-step guide to set up your GoPro Hero 11 Black as a webcam on your Windows PC:

  • Step #1: Update your Hero 11 Black to the most current firmware.
  • Step #2: Download the GoPro Webcam desktop utility and install the software on your computer. (Only Windows 10/11 are supported). Launch the app.
  • Step #3: Power on your camera and connect it to your computer using a USB cable. The camera will go into USB mode.
  • Step #4: To preview your webcam setup, right-click on the GoPro icon in the status bar and select [Show Preview].
  • Step #5: Open your webcam application (like Zoom) and select GoPro Camera as your preferred camera. Your GoPro Hero 11 will go into GoPro Webcam mode. In the status bar, the GoPro icon displays a red dot to indicate that the camera is recording.

gopro hero 11 as webcam

Adjusting the Digital Lens to affect the Field of View (FOV)

Once your GoPro Hero 11 is connected and broadcasting (showing the red dot), you can select a [Lens Mode] to change your FOV.

  1. Click on the [GoPro Camera Icon] and the options will appear.
  2. Hover over [Lens Mode] and your Lens options will show. When you select your desired FOV, the change takes a couple of moments.

Apps that Support GoPro Webcam on Windows

  • Zoom – App/Chrome
  • Webex – App/Chrome
  • Slack – App/Chrome
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams – App/Chrome
  • Skype – App/Chrome
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Facebook Rooms – App
  • Discord – App/Chrome

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some commonly asked queries regarding the usage of the GoPro Hero 11 as a webcam:

Q.1: I’m having trouble connecting the GoPro Hero 11. What steps can I take to fix this?

A: Here are the steps you can try:

  1. Close the platform/app you are using.
  2. Unplug the camera from the computer.
  3. Turn your GoPro off and then back on again.
  4. Reconnect the GoPro to your computer. If possible, try using a different USB port on your computer.
  5. Open the GoPro Webcam Utility.
  6. Reopen your platform/app.
  7. If you still don’t have success, restart your computer. You can also try a different USB cable.

Q.2: My GoPro Hero 11 isn’t being recognized.

A: Follow these steps:

  1. Unplug your camera from the computer.
  2. Ensure that you have the correct setting applied in [Preferences] > [Connections] > [USB Connection].
    • Select [MTP] if you want to use file transfer.
    • Select [GoPro Connect] to use GoPro Webcam.

Q.3: Can I connect my Hero 11 wirelessly?

A: Wireless connections are not supported for the webcam function at this time. You will need to use a USB cable to connect the GoPro Hero 11 camera to your computer.

Q.5: Can I change my camera orientation (portrait vs landscape) and still have the image appear right-side up? 

A: The GoPro Hero 11 must be in an upright, horizontal position.

 

Wrap Up


So, that’s how you can use your GoPro Hero 11 Black as a webcam for getting top-notch quality webcam videos on your laptop. Follow all the steps given above (for both Windows and Mac) for a hassle-free experience. In case you’re facing any trouble, have a look at the FAQ section to solve your issue.

 

Thanks for reading!

I hope this guide helped you learn about all the steps and equipment you need to set up your GoPro Hero 11 as a webcam. 🙂

 

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