Checking antivirus settings

Most antiviruses have a feature that protects the user from being monitored by a webcam. It allows or blocks access to the device for certain scrIPts and programs. However, this function may have problems. For example, an antivirus can suddenly disable the camera for the standard Camera application or Skype utility by Outsiders, considering them a threat. In the Skype messenger, in this case, a message usually appears that he cannot connect to webcams and that you need to close the utility that is currently using it.

Can I Use GoPro As A Web-Camera

Skype cannot start broadcasting because the camera is open in another program

To make sure it’s not the antivirus at all, disable the camera’s protection functions for the time being. The option name and section location differ depending on the type of antivirus. Let’s look at the instructions using the Avast program as an example:

  • Antiviruses usually work in the background in order to be always on the alert and, if necessary, block the threat. This means that you can open it through the Windows tray (the right edge of the taskbar with date, time and other icons). Click on the upward arrow and click on the Avast icon on the small panel. Find the Avast icon in the Windows tray, and then click on it
  • Click on the “privacy” tab with the fingerprint icon. In the blue menu, select the “Webcam protection” block. In the “privacy” tab, open the “Webcam protection” section
  • Click on the green switch to deactivate the option, and try to open the “webcam” in third-party junk or in the standard “Camera” program. Click once on the switches to disable the protection option for a while

Updating or Installing a Driver

The most common cause of camera problems is late driver updates. How to update, we will describe in the instructions:

  • Launch “Device Manager” in any of the ways described in the section “How to disable the webcam on a laptop with Windows 10”.
  • Find the “Cameras” object in the list and open it with a double click. Right-click on the term with the required equIPment and select the “Update driver” option from the list. You can also launch the update by clicking on the “Properties” item. a new small window will appear, in the second tab of which you need to click on the “Update driver” button. Click on the “Update Driver” button in the “Properties” window
  • In the next window, click on the link for automatic search. Click on the link “Automatic search for updated drivers”
  • We are waiting for the process to complete. It will take a little time. We are waiting for the search for available drivers on the network to complete
  • As a result, the system will either find, download and install an available update, or notify you that all the latest drivers are already installed on your device. The system may display a message that the current drivers are already installed
  • You can also manually search for updates on your computer to make sure that the driver does not exactly need an update. To do this, instead of automatically searching in the start window, select “Search for drivers on this computer”. Click again on “Select a driver from the list of available on the PC”. Click on the link below “Select a driver from the list available on your computer”
  • If you have a disk or other drive with your camera drivers, click on the “Have Disk” link.
    Click on the “Next” button to start searching for drivers or on the “Have Disk” button if you have a disc with camera drivers
  • Wait for the procedure to complete. As a result, a message will appear stating that the system has successfully installed the drivers. Now you can close all windows, restart your computer and try to start the camera again. Click on the “Close” button after the system has successfully completed the driver update

How to turn on the camera on a Windows 10 laptop

You can activate the laptop’s webcam to take pictures at the current time, for this, the classic “Camera” application is launched. If you want to use it in other utilities, give them access to it in Windows settings. Consider how to do both.

What to do if the camera doesn’t work

Users of the Windows operating system sometimes fail to launch the classic “Camera” utility. At the same time, as a rule, a message appears in the window stating that it is NOT possible to find the camera or turn it on. Each error has its own code. Most problems are solved by updating or rolling back device drivers.

Power on with special keys

Many laptop computers have special keys that allow you to activate the webcam (open a window where you will see yourself). They are different for each GoPro model. Turning on is due to a combination of two buttons, the first of which is always Fn. The aforementioned key is added to it: usually it has an icon in the form of a camera, so the keyboard should be carefully examined. For Lenovo laptops, there are two combinations: Fn F5 and Fn Esc.

Fn V combination also works for many laptops.

Press the Fn V key combination to launch the camera on your device and take a photo

Older laptop models have a separate button, which is usually located next to Power (the power key). In this case, you only need to click on it, Fn in this case No need.

Click on the Web button next to the power button to open your built-in webcam window

How to set up a webcam on a laptop

You can change the webcam settings in the classic Camera application window. We will tell you what settings are available in this junk step by step:

  • Launch the “Camera” program using the instructions from the first section of this article. In the application window, there is a photo timer at the top (an alarm clock icon). The arrow next to it allows you to switch from automatic shooting mode to professional. The case has two round buttons for switching between taking a photo and.
    In the “Camera” application, you can select a mode (photo or shooting), as well as enable the ability to manually set all the settings
  • To get to the settings, click on the gear-shaped icon, which is located in the upper right corner of the application window under the icon to close.
  • In the first drop-down menu, you can select the action that will be performed after pressing the camera button and holding it. Three options are available: single shot, full burst of photos, or recording. Set the action to be performed after pressing and holding the camera button
  • In the next menu, you can flIP the image that you see in the application window. If necessary, set the angle to which you want to return the image
  • The “Photos” section provides options for image aspect ratio and framing grid. Choose a grid type depending on what kind of survey you want to use. It will be easier to apply this or that method with it. Set the framing grid to match the shooting method you want to apply
  • The Burst option enabled allows you to take multIPle photos until you press the camera button again.
  • In the “” block, you can select the recording quality (depending on the maximum parameter offered by the camera itself), and also configure the anti-flicker option. In the “Record” menu, set the quality of your future media content
  • In the “Related options” section, you can change the path to the folders where the photos and will be saved. In the section of related parameters, you can choose the location of the files with the taken photo and
  • In addition, you can enable the use of your computer’s location. In the characteristics of the photo or it will be indicated in what place they were taken. Allow the Camera app to show your current location

Launching an Application from the Start Menu

Calling the Camera application is quite simple: it is in the list of utilities in the system Start menu. Follow a little instruction:

  • Click on the window-shaped button in the lower left corner of the screen. It’s the leftmost icon on the taskbar. This menu is also called by a special key on which the same icon is drawn. Finding it is easy: it is next to the space. Click on the “Start” button with a window-shaped icon to launch the menu of the same name
  • In the menu, you can simply scroll through the list of services and applications for the letter “K”. If you don’t want to scroll through the list, press the letter “A”. Click on the letter “A” to open the table with the rest of the available letters
  • In the appeared table with letters from two alphabets, select the Russian “K” with the left mouse button. Select the Russian letter “K” in the table
  • A small list will open with applications starting with this letter. Find “Camera” in it and left-click on it. Click on the “Camera” item in the list of applications on the letter “K”
  • On the PC display, you should immediately see yourself.

Launching the Camera utility on Windows 10

How to disable webcam on Windows 10 laptop

Sometimes users may need to turn off the webcam for one reason or another. This can be done in the Windows “Device Manager” system window. Follow step by step instructions:

  • Call the “Device Manager” window. The easiest way is to enter the corresponding query in the panel for universal search in the Windows system: it is launched through the magnifying glass icon on the “Taskbar”. Typically this icon is located next to the Start button. In the search results then click on the desired section. In the bar “Search” enter the query “Device Manager”
  • If you do not have this icon, use the Windows Settings window: press the Win I key combination and start typing Device Manager in the search bar. As you type, the system will automatically detect what exactly you want to open. Select the required service from the list by clicking the left mouse button. In the search bar in the Options window, enter the query “Device Manager”
  • In the manager window find the term “Cameras” and double-click on the list of connected devices.
  • Right click on the name of your built-in camera. In the context menu, select the “Disconnect device” option. In the context menu, click on the line “Disable device”
  • In the dialog box that appears, Confirm your intention to temporarily deactivate the device. Click “Yes” to disable the camera

You can turn on the webcam again through the same context menu that opens by right-clicking on the Corresponding item.

How to use your GoPro as a webcam

Photo by Thomas Gran from GoPro Community

As you know, GoPro can be used for live streaming, and we hope you have already mastered this skill. But what if you want to spice up your calls? Below are the guidelines for using your GoPro as a webcam.

Using the action camera as a webcam opens up a whole world of interesting possibilities in terms of shooting angle: you can mount the camera on the ceiling, wall, fan and anywhere else, take advantage of the digital lens and the advantages of the “proprietary” wide viewing angle and, most importantly, the qualities that GoPro offers! The resolution and color quality of all your GoPro broadcasts will be immeasurably higher than that provided by standard external webcams. Finally, when you use your GoPro as a webcam, you have a reliable action camera that is not only suitable for home office work, but can also accompany you on your future adventures.

Setting up and using your GoPro as a webcam is simple and easy. Below are the accessories you need, and how to set up your GoPro to work with some of the popular conferencing services such as Zoom, WebEx, and Skype. Happy meetings!

Necessary equIPment

1. GoPro camera with Micro-HDMI port for HDMI signal output

2. HDMI to Micro HDMI cable

3. HDMI-USB signal converter

ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS. We recommend using Magewell or ELGato Cam Link 4k as they support 1080p 60fps broadcasts and offer low latency for low latency live streaming.

The use of this adapter is mandatory as it converts the HDMI input to a webcam signal.

4. USB charging cable power supply

5. Tool for installation, and here we go to step 2.

Angle setting

Of course, you can use a mount such as a magnetic swivel clIP to mount your GoPro on a monitor, or a Shorty trIPod to use standard webcam angles. But this is a GoPro, so use it like a GoPro! Get creative, have fun, and experiment. Here are some of the options we recommend:

1. Jaws: Flexible Jaw. This flexible clIP with a lock can be used for over-the-shoulder shooting during training sessions where viewing your screen may be helpful.

2. Magnetic Swivel Clamp. The magnetic part makes this mount ideal for those looking to get creative with their photography. Want to broadcast while digging under the hood of your car? Or hang out with your family while you cook? This magnet will securely attach to your cooker hood and any other metal surface.

3. Suction Mount. As with the above two mounts, the GoPro’s Suction Mount can be attached to surfaces such as a window or rack to provide an angle not available with other webcams. We recommend using a top-down view, which allows you to show the entire workplace.

4. Gooseneck. Use the Gooseneck with any of the mounts listed above (or any GoPro mount with a quick release base) for an extra-long, ultra-flexible extendable monopod that lets you shoot from any position. No hard-to-reach place is left out of reach!

Choosing a broadcast medium

You can connect your GoPro as a webcam to any conferencing tool that lets you choose a camera to stream. These include Webex, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Google Meetings, OBS, and Wirecast.

Setting up your GoPro as a webcam

  • Turn on your GoPro camera.
  • SwIPe down and select Preferences.
  • Scroll down and select Input / Output.
  • Select an option HDMI Output and Change the value to (Live).

ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS. With HERO8 Black Media Module, default audio will be output to HDMI when HDMI cable is connected.

  • Mount your GoPro (see above for recommended mounts).
  • Open the side cover of the GoPro and insert the Micro-HDMI connector into the port.
  • Connect the HDMI connector to the recorder.
  • Connect the HDMI to USB converter and connect it to your computer.
  • Connect your GoPro to a power source.

Configuring Conferencing Software

  • Skype: Go to Settings Audio Camera.
  • Webex: Select the Connection icon, open the dropdown select your camera.
  • Zoom: select the arrow next to Start / Stop Settings Change camera selection.
  • If there are more than two cameras available in the Zoom Room, you can dynamically switch the active camera by tapping the Switch Camera option and Selecting a camera from the list.
  • OBS setup or similar application

    • Open Streamlabs OBS or another OBS app and follow the instructions to add a signal source.
    • When using OBS, press “” in the source menu.
    • Select recording device.
    • Select New and name the signal source.
    • Select your device from the drop-down menu (e.g. Cam Link 4k) then click OK.
    • The display shows the GoPro camera configured as a webcam.
    • ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS. The GoPro camera is capable of streaming up to 1080p @ 60fps via HDMI. However, the maximum resolution supported by most streaming services is 1080p at 30 frames per second. However, good lighting is required to ensure high quality and clarity during streaming.

      You can now use your GoPro as a webcam.

      As a reminder, GoPro cameras with a Micro-HDMI port, including the flagshIP HERO8 Black with a media module, are best suited for use as a webcam. GoPro cameras without HDMI outputs (such as 360 MAX and Fusion cameras or ultra-compact Session cameras) cannot be used as webcams.

      Full list of GoPro cameras that can be used as webcams:

      • HERO8 Black with Media Module
      • HERO7 Black
      • HERO6 Black
      • HERO5 Black
      • HERO4 Black

      If you’d like to learn more about using an action camera for live streaming, check out this step-by-step guide on setting up a live stream with your GoPro camera.

      How to use a GoPro as a recorder or webcam: instructions and life hack?

      If you want to save money on buying a recorder, then you should use a camera from GoPro. The article describes in detail how to use this camera in this capacity.

      • How to make a recorder from GoPro?
      • What are the disadvantages of this camera during shooting?
      • Can GoPro be used as a webcam?
      • Should I use GoPro as a recorder??

      What are the disadvantages of this camera during shooting?

      • It should be noted that to use this camera, additional functions and accessories are not required. However, it simply cannot be called budget. Due to the fact that the cost of this camera is quite large, it is not worth using it on an ongoing basis.
      • In addition, you can use an Unnecessary mobile phone as a registrar. You can always use the special DailyRoads Voyager software for shooting. In addition to everything GoPro, in this way you can record what is happening on

      In connection with the above, using a GoPro camera will cost you much less than buying a new recorder.

      Can GoPro be used as a webcam?

      It’s safe to say that GoPro is NOT designed for webcam use at all. However, they can be used as recorders in the event that you think that the quality of shooting with a conventional recorder DOES NOT meet your expectations.

      There are options on the Internet to connect a GoPro action camera as a webcam, but they either give poor quality or require additional costs. Let’s describe several of these options:

      • Broadcast the stream via Wi-Fi. The output is poor quality. It can be suitable for Skype if you are NOT averse to please the interlocutor with a muddy picture. It is also worth noting that there is a huge delay when capturing via GoPro (5 seconds). And the stream periodically dies (it must be restored using special software).
      • Via HDMI port and spec. Grabber (worth the extra cash).

      How to make a recorder from GoPro?

      • First of all, you need a quality GoPro housing. It should be noted that most of the buildings are already suitable for this service. As for Special suction cups for the camera, they can be purchased for only 600 rubles, which, in today’s times, is not very big money.
      • In order for your camera not to be discharged during operation, you definitely need to connect it Photo: Suction cup for the camera

      Should you use a GoPro as a recorder?

      If you have no other options, then you can use this technology. However, it should be understood that a GoPro camera costs a lot of money, so it will be much cheaper to purchase a new recorder. Use every feature wisely.

      IOS setup for transfer

      The whole setup will take place in two stages: installing programs into a smartphone and into a personal computer with their subsequent connection. So, the steps to perform on the IPhone:

      The mobile client is ready to go. Next, let’s start configuring the receiver for Windows.

      How to use IPhone as a webcam (via Wi-Fi or USB)

      The IPhone is equIPped with high-definition cameras that can surprise even the most sophisticated user with the quality of the stream. It takes a little tweaking to use the IPhone as a webcam, but the results are worth it. The gadget from Apple completely replaces the “webcam”: high-definition sound transmission is available, as they say, by default.

      Setting up your computer to receive streaming from IPhone

      To connect IPhone as a webcam for a personal computer, you need to download the desktop version of the iVCam program. To do this, go to the official website at the link, select the Download button. If you cannot download the program from the official website, you can follow the link

      I confirm the terms of the license agreement for using the application. We choose the Russian language, as well as the directory where you need to install the program.

      IPhone as a webcam over Wi-Fi

      If your computer and IPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, setup is fairly straightforward. First, open the iVCam application, the smartphone will automatically detect an active wireless connection with the program on the computer.

      The IPhone will ask for permission to use the camera and microphone. It is necessary to press “Allow”, after that the image from the main camera will appear on the screen, as well as sound:

      If various networks are used, for example, mobile LTE and a regular Ethernet connection on a PC, the IPhone must first be connected with a proprietary cable to an available USB port of the system unit. Then allow access to the computer and launch the iVCam program on the smartphone.

      Firewall settings

      After installing the program on your computer, you need to remove the ban on iVCam in the Firewall settings. Let’s see how to do it on Windows 10.

      Go to the “Windows Defender Security Center”:

      Next, I allow the application to work through the firewall, put down the Appropriate checkboxes:

      The setup is complete, now let’s move on to connecting the smartphone and computer to one network.


      The simple IPhone setup procedure saves a decent amount for the alleged purchase of a new webcam. And also gives guaranteed pleasure from high definition broadcasting. In webcam mode, the IPhone is used to transmit the stream to services such as YouTube, Twitch. Also for calls through popular messengers: Skype or Duscord. The interlocutors will appreciate the high-definition “cinema” and high-quality sound.

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