It is possible to use a GoPro HERO8 Black as a webcam or for real-time capture to a computer. But it’s not quite as simple as just plugging your camera in via USB.
GoPro HERO8 Black
The HERO8 Black was announced in October 2019. Key specs include:
- 4K60 / 1080p240 video
- improved HyperSmooth, TimeWarp, and SuperPhoto
- 100Mb/s maximum bitrate
- 12MP still images
- usability tweaks such a custom presets and fast FOV switching
- Live streaming at 1080p
- LiveBurst (burst photo pre-roll)
- Built-in mounting point
- New dedicated accessories: external mic, flip-up display, light
This is an ongoing and growing list of common questions on shooting with the GoPro HERO8 Black.
After extensive use and testing, here are my practical recommendations on the best SD cards for GoPro cameras.
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Here’s my detailed breakdown of how the GoPro HERO 7 Black compares with the newer GoPro HERO8 Black.
A rundown of the video modes and features on the GoPro HERO8 Black.
The GoPro HERO8 Black has two video codecs available for recording video. Both of these produce files with an .mp4 extension. The difference is in how the video is compressed and encoded.
I’ve been trying several options in an effort to find viable replacement batteries for the HERO8 Black. Here’s what I’ve found.
When using the media viewer on the back screen of the HERO8 Black, here’s how to select and delete multiple files at once.
If you need to switch between NTSC and PAL video shooting modes on the HERO8 Black, it’s not quite as obvious how to do that as it could be. Here’s how to do it.
The new design for the side door of the GoPro HERO8 Black has its flaws, especially if you’re trying to use the USB-C port for external power an an external microphone. Here’s a replacement side door that allows unfettered access to the USB-C port.
Here are master lists of the Protune options available when shooting video and photos with the HERO8 Black.
Not all SD cards will work well in the HERO8 Black. Here are some recommendations for which microSD cards are fast enough to keep up with the high-bitrate video recording and burst photo modes.
A detailed rundown of the various features and modes available on the GoPro HERO8 Black for shooting still photos.
Wondering which accessories will work on the new GoPro HERO8 Black? Here’s a running list of what to look for.
GoPro has revealed the new HERO8 Black. Here are the highlights.
If you’re taking your GoPro out on the water, sometimes you need something that combines flotation with extended reach. Here are some of the best GoPro float pole options.
Do GoPros have zoom? Yes, some of the newer models do, but there are some limitations that are worth knowing. Here are some examples.
Some of the newer GoPro cameras allow you to select either 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz wifi bands. Here’s how to do it.
The HERO8 and HERO7 cameras have sensors that can detect the rotation of the camera. Here’s how to lock it in place to prevent automatic rotation.
Formating the GoPro’s SD card gets the card ready for use and keeps the filesystem healthy and minimizes the risk of errors. Here are the various ways to do it on different GoPro models.
The Burst Mode and Continuous Photo functions on GoPros are useful ways to capture fast-moving action. Here’s a rundown of how they work, how they’re different, and what options are available.
How can you work with GoPro RAW format .gpr image files without using Lightroom or Photoshop? Here’s a quick guide for a free option.
On the GoPro HERO8 Black, HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, and HERO5 Black, you can choose between two image formats for still photos: JPG and RAW (.gpr). Here’s a quick overview of what the difference is and when to use which.
GoPro’s QuickCapture feature is designed as a one-press way to power the camera up and start shooting immediately. There are a few tricks to using it, though.
Wondering whether you can run the GoPro HERO8, HERO7, HERO6, and HERO5 Black with external power without having the internal battery installed? Yes, you can.
Wondering if you can use a 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB microSD card in your GoPro? So long as you’re using one of these GoPro models and the card is fast enough, you can.
If you’re getting an error message on your computer when you try to open a video shot on the GoPro HERO8, HERO7, or HERO6 Black, it might be because it isn’t compatible with the HEVC (H.265) codec used in some of those cameras’ video modes. Here are some workarounds.
If you’re wondering why your image is suddenly cropped when you turn on the video stabilization feature, here’s an explanation.
Among the Burst Mode options on newer GoPros is an Auto setting. It prioritizes better exposure over forcing the number of shots. Here’s how it works.
Here’s a rundown of the options for charging your GoPro depending on the model of camera you’re using.
Ugly water drops on the GoPro lens can really ruin the shot. The XClear Hydrophobic Lens Protectors are designed to solve this problem. Here’s my take on how well they work.
The Wasabi Power Hand Grip is an external USB battery and hand grip in one. It’s a convenient way to add extra battery power to extend your GoPro filming.
Wondering if the touchscreen on the back of your GoPro camera works underwater?
Wondering what the GoPro spot meter does? Here’s an explanation what it does, how it works, and which GoPros have it.
Wondering what the LRV and THM files are that appear when you shoot GoPro videos? Here’s what they do.
If you’d prefer your GoPro not to draw attention to itself while filming, there are several options for making it more discreet.
Some newer GoPros have a new in-camera feature for something you could only do in post-production before: correcting fisheye in photos and videos. It’s called Linear FOV.
Some GoPros, like the HERO7 Black, offer a choice between two color modes in the photo mode: GoPro and Flat. Here are some examples and when they’re best used.
If you’re looking to improve the sound quality of your GoPro videos, using an external mic will make a big difference. Here’s a rundown of what mics will work with which GoPro.
If you’re wondering why your GoPro is breaking your videos up into smaller segments, it’s not an error and you’re not doing anything wrong. It’s normal–here’s why.