If you’re curious about converting your GoPro Hero 12 into a webcam, this guide is tailored for you.

Many are pleasantly surprised to learn that a GoPro can double as a webcam – and it really works! I’ve experimented with this setup myself and am excited to share my insights with you.

In this article, you’ll find a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to set up your GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam, complete with the tools you’ll need.

Plus, I’ll tackle some of the most frequently asked questions to help you get started.

QUICK TAKE

  • Ensure your GoPro Hero 12 Black has the latest firmware
  • Download and install the GoPro Webcam desktop utility on your computer (find the links below)
  • Use the USB cable to connect and power your GoPro Hero 12 to your computer
  • Use a tripod or suitable GoPro mount for optimal camera positioning

Equipment Required


To transform your GoPro Hero 12 Black into a webcam, gather the following equipment:

USB Cable

Utilize the USB cable that accompanies your GoPro for powering your Hero 12, eliminating the need to rely on its battery.

GoPro Mount

 Employ a tripod or a suitable GoPro mount to ensure the optimal positioning of your camera for the best possible view.

 

Steps to Set Up GoPro Hero 12 as a Webcam: Mac


Follow these steps to configure your GoPro Hero 12 Black as a webcam on your Mac system:

Update the Hero 12 Black Firmware

Ensure that your Hero 12 Black has the latest firmware installed.

Download and Install the GoPro Webcam Desktop Utility

Download the GoPro Webcam desktop utility and install it on your computer (Mac OS v10.14 or newer required). Once installed, launch the application. Learn more about GoPro webcam app>>>

Connect and Power On Your Camera

Power on your camera and link it to your computer using a USB cable. Upon successful connection, the GoPro icon in the status bar will display a blue dot, indicating USB Mode.

Access Camera Preview and Adjust Settings

Click on the GoPro icon in the status bar and select [Show Preview]. This allows you to view the camera’s Wide field before going live. You can adjust between [mirror] and [flip] to optimize your view.

Set Up the GoPro Camera in the Webcam Application

Open your preferred webcam application (e.g., Zoom) and select GoPro Camera as your desired camera. The GoPro Hero 12 will switch to GoPro Webcam mode. When recording, the GoPro icon will display a red dot in the status bar.

zoom

Explore these steps to optimize your GoPro Hero 12 Black as a functional webcam.

Adjusting the Digital Lens for Field of View (FOV)

Once your GoPro Hero 12 is connected and actively streaming (indicated by the red dot), you have the option to choose a different [Digital Lens] to modify your Field of View (FOV). This adjustment only takes a few moments.

Applications Supporting GoPro Webcam on Mac

Several applications are compatible with the GoPro Webcam functionality on Mac, including:

  • YouTube Live: Compatible through Chrome.
  • Zoom: Utilizable through the App or Chrome.
  • Webex: Compatible through Chrome.
  • Slack: Utilizable through Chrome.
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Skype: Compatible through Chrome.
  • Twitch: Utilizable via OBS.
  • BlueJeans: Through the App.
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Facebook Rooms: Utilizable through the App or Chrome.
  • Discord: Compatible through Chrome.
  • Snap Camera

These applications support the usage of the GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam on Mac systems.

 

Steps to Set Up GoPro Hero 12 as a Webcam: Windows


For Windows PC users, here’s the detailed process to configure your GoPro Hero 12 Black as a webcam:

Update the Hero 12 Black Firmware

Ensure your Hero 12 Black has the most recent firmware installed.

Install the GoPro Webcam Desktop Utility

Download the GoPro Webcam desktop utility compatible with Windows 10/11 and install it on your computer (Only Windows 11/10 are supported). Launch the application after installation. Learn more about GoPro webcam app>>>

Connect and Power On Your Camera

Power on your camera and link it to your computer using a USB cable. This will put the camera in USB mode.

Preview Your Webcam Setup

To preview your webcam configuration, right-click on the GoPro icon in the status bar and select [Show Preview].

Set Up GoPro Webcam Mode

Open your preferred webcam application (like Zoom) and choose GoPro Camera as your primary camera. Your GoPro Hero 12 will transition into GoPro Webcam mode. When recording, the GoPro icon in the status bar will display a red dot, indicating that the camera is active.

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

Once your GoPro Hero 12 is connected and broadcasting (displaying the red dot), you can choose a [Lens Mode] to alter your FOV.

gopro icon

Click on the [GoPro Camera Icon], and the options will appear. Hover over [Lens Mode], and your lens options will be displayed. After selecting your desired FOV, the change will take a few moments.

Applications Supporting GoPro Webcam on Windows

The GoPro Hero 12 is compatible with several applications on Windows that support webcam usage:

  • Zoom: Available as an App or through Chrome.
  • Webex: Available as an App or through Chrome.
  • Slack: Available as an App or through Chrome.
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams: Available as an App or through Chrome.
  • Skype: Available as an App or through Chrome.
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Facebook Rooms: Available as an App.
  • Discord: Available as an App or through Chrome.

These applications support the use of the GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam on Windows platforms.

 

 FAQs


Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions concerning the utilization of the GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam:

I’m encountering difficulties connecting the GoPro Hero 12. What steps can I take to resolve this?

Consider these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  • Close the platform or application you are using.
  • Disconnect the camera from the computer.
  • Power off your GoPro, then power it back on.
  • Reconnect the GoPro to your computer. If feasible, attempt using a different USB port.
  • Open the GoPro Webcam Utility.
  • Reopen your platform or application.
  • If issues persist, try restarting your computer or test using an alternative USB cable.

My GoPro Hero 12 isn’t being detected.

Follow these guidelines:

  • Unplug your camera from the computer.
  • Ensure that the correct setting is selected in [Preferences] > [Connections] > [USB Connection].
    • Choose [MTP] for file transfer.
    • Choose [GoPro Connect] for using GoPro Webcam.

Can I connect my Hero 12 wirelessly?

Currently, wireless connections are not supported for the webcam functionality. To connect the GoPro Hero 12 camera to your computer, you’ll need to use a USB cable.

Can I change my camera orientation (portrait vs landscape) and ensure the image appears correctly?

For the image to display correctly, the GoPro Hero 12 must maintain an upright, horizontal position.

How can I improve the audio quality when using my GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam?

Enhancing audio quality involves using an external microphone with your GoPro Hero 12. Connect the microphone to the external audio input for better sound during your webcam sessions.

Is it possible to use the GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam on multiple applications simultaneously?

No, the GoPro Hero 12 can only be used as a webcam on one application at a time.

What is the recommended lighting setup for optimal video quality when using the GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam?

To achieve the best video quality, ensure you have ample natural or artificial lighting. Position yourself facing the light source to avoid shadows on your face or in the background.

Can I live stream using the GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam?

Yes, you can live stream using the GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam. Set up your preferred live streaming software (e.g., OBS, Twitch, YouTube Live) and select the GoPro Hero 12 as the camera input.

Are there specific computer system requirements to use the GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam?

The GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam is supported on Windows and Mac systems. Ensure your computer meets the minimum requirements specified by the GoPro Webcam Utility for optimal performance.

Can I adjust camera settings like exposure and white balance when using the GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam?

Yes, the GoPro Webcam Utility allows for adjustments to exposure, white balance, and other camera settings for fine-tuning the image output during webcam usage.

 

Last Word Of Advice


The GoPro typically offers a wide-angle view, which is great for action shots but can be too broad for webcam use, often distorting the image at the edges.

To create a more professional look for your webcam setup, adjust the FOV setting to “Narrow” or “Linear”.

This adjustment will provide a more traditional webcam perspective, reducing the fisheye effect and focusing more on you rather than the background.

This tweak is particularly useful for video conferencing or streaming, as it keeps the attention on you and makes the video feed look more like it’s coming from a standard webcam rather than an action camera.

Watch my tutorial to maximize your GoPro Hero 12’s capabilities:

How to Use GoPro HERO 12 [Beginner’s Guide 2024]

 

Thanks for reading!

I hope this guide helped you learn about all the steps and equipment you need to set up your GoPro Hero 12 as a webcam 🙂

 

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