This article describes how you can use a GoPro Hero camera as a webcam which can be used in Zoom.us (Windows only), Skype, and many other applications.
Note: The GoPro is connected via WiFi which means you need a second connection for the internet access (e.g. a LAN cable).
- Apple macOS 10.13+ or Microsoft Windows 7/10.
- Camera Suite app (download here).
- Optional: for GoPro Hero 8/Max cameras also the WiFi connector app is required (download here).
- ffmpeg (download for free here).
- Special version of webcamoid:
Step 1: Download ffmpeg
Download ffmpeg and extract the “bin/ffpmpeg.exe” (or “bin/ffmpeg“) file to the Desktop.
Step 2: Download webcamoid
Download webcamoid for Windows special version here. Then extract the “webcamoid” folder to the Desktop.
Download webcamoid for macOS special version here. Then extract the “webcamoid.zip” file to the Desktop.
Step 3: Connect to the GoPro camera and start the Camera Suite streaming server
Then start the Camera Suite app, connect to the GoPro camera, and start the streaming server in the Camera Suite app. Uncheck the “Enable UDP streaming server” checkbox before starting the streaming server.
Step 4: Start ffmpeg
Open a command prompt (terminal) and type in the following two commands:
ffmpeg -fflags nobuffer -f mpegts -i udp://10.5.5.101:8554 -f mpegts -vcodec copy udp://localhost:10000
./ffmpeg -fflags nobuffer -f mpegts -i udp://10.5.5.101:8554 -f mpegts -vcodec copy udp://localhost:10000
Step 5: Start webcamoid and add a virtual webcam
Start webcamoid and click on the cog symbol in the bottom toolbar. Click the “Add” button for adding a new virtual webcam. Eventually it is necessary to restart the webcamoid app.
macOS only: Click on the webcam symbol (second symbol) and add a new URL source with url “udp://@:10000”. Restart the webcamoid app.
Step 6: Start Zoom, Skype, etc.
Start Zoom, Skype (Desktop edition!), or any other app where you want to use the new webcam. If the video does not show up then toggle the “Enable virtual webcam” switch in the webcamoid app.
macOS: Please use this version of Zoom for macOS as the latest version has a bug which does not support virtual webcams: https://zoom.us/client/4.6.19178.0323/Zoom.pkg
The following videos show the whole process on Windows and macOS:
Microsoft Windows 10
Apple macOS (10.13 or newer)