GoPro doesn't want you to smash your phone. That's what it says is the main reason behind the latest software update to its Hero 4 action cameras, working in partnership with Periscope, which let you use the camera itself as your digital eyes and ears -- at least if you have an iPhone.
Periscope announced the news on Medium. The latest version of the Periscope app has a new button on its start screen that lets you select your GoPro (Hero 4 and newer cameras like the Session, at least), as long as you have said GoPro set up and successfully connected via Wi-Fi. From there, you can broadcast live using the GoPro as long as it stays within Wi-Fi range of your iPhone, and the app lets you switch between GoPro and iPhone interchangeably -- giving you a faux two-camera setup for some seriously documentary-style recording.
The app also lets you lock your phone screen while still broadcasting, too, so you can tuck it away safely and rely on your GoPro. The first question -- "do you plan on making an Android version?" -- hasn't been answered just yet. Here's hoping! [Periscope]
— Periscope (@periscopeco) January 26, 2016
We’ve seen people put their phones in some precarious situations — they’ve been taped to drones, tied to balloons and submerged underwater. Creativity always finds a way, but we wanted to make it a little bit easier. Today, you can broadcast from your GoPro HERO 4 directly to Periscope for iPhone. Keep that phone safely tucked away.
Here’s how it works:
- Connect to your GoPro’s WiFi, making sure it’s on video mode.
- Open Periscope on your iPhone & tap the broadcast button.
- The GoPro button will automatically be highlighted — give your broadcast a title and go live.