If you have a GoPro Hero 4 Black or Silver, I’ve got some exciting news if you’re into live broadcasting!
Until now, Periscope users have been limited to broadcasting live from their phones (which is still pretty awesome). But now, you can broadcast directly from your GoPro Hero 4 and your viewers will see all the action directly from your point of view!
Here’s how to stream live from your Hero 4:
- Connect your phone to your GoPro’s WiFi
- Make sure you’re in video mode on your GoPro
- Open Periscope on your iPhone and tap the broadcast button
- The GoPro camera icon will automatically be highlighted (see screenshot below). Name the broadcast and then hit the red Start Broadcast button!
You can toggle between your GoPro and your front-facing camera on you phone to provide multiple angles just by pushing that GoPro camera icon. If you want to lock your phone’s screen and only stream from the GoPro, you can do that too. This option is handy since it will prevent you from accidentally ending the broadcast while the phone is in your pocket for example.
The other cool thing is that during the live Periscope broadcast, your GoPro will still save the footage to your SD card.
This functionality is currently only available on iOS devices (5s, 6, 6+ with iOS 8.2) but you can view the GoPro broadcasts from any device. Android functionality is most certainly being developed but there is no lead time on the release date for that.
And as stated before, it only currently works with the Hero 4 Black and Hero 4 Silver. No news on the Session or any other cameras for now.
So what do you think? Will you be using Periscope to broadcast to your friends?
In all honesty, I wasn’t using Periscope before but now that this update has been released, I’ve already gone ahead and downloaded the app and set it all up.
If you’re already on Periscope, go ahead and follow the GoProFanatics channel here: GoProFanatics on Periscope
I’m sure I’ll broadcast a couple of ski runs and Q&A sessions in the near future. Post up your thoughts, comments and questions below!