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GoPro announces a beta update that converts the HERO8 Black into a webcam

The HERO8 Black can now act as a webcam. (Source: GoPro)
The HERO8 Black can now act as a webcam. (Source: GoPro)
GoPro has addressed an increasingly prevalent issue for many users who have shifted their work, learning or hobbies online in a new update under development at this action-cam OEM. It confers a new function on its HERO8 Black model that allows owners who also use Macs to use the device as an FHD, wide-angle upgrade on their default webcams.
Deirdre O'Donnell,

Many users out there are still settling into the prospect of remote working as a potentially long-term possibility; meanwhile, an increasing number of students and teachers alike may find that they need to adjust their educational pursuits to the same kind of reality.

Both groups may thus be growing frustrated with the in-built webcams found on their existing PCs. However, GoPro may have an appropriately 2020 solution for some of these people.

The action-cam OEM has released a beta of its new HERO8 Black firmware that allows the user to install and use the new GoPro Webcam desktop utility with the same device. This enables the camera to turn its 1080p high-definition and (possibly most importantly for some cases) wide-angle properties on this application.

Therefore, it might easily supplant the average notebook sensor - presuming there is even one worth speaking of, naturally.

However, the company has announced that this new feature is only compatible with macOS at present, although the development of a Windows analog is apparently in the works.

Nevertheless, this new beta may be a considerable boon for Mac and GoPro fans who need to conference, lecture or perhaps simply document recent life-altering circumstances from home.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07-10 (Update: 2020-07-10)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.