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How to Play GoPro Videos on TV? Fix TV Not Detecting GoPro Videos

Have shot some GoPro footages from a trip and want to watch them on big-screen smart TV? Let's show you how to play GoPro videos on TV.

Connect GoPro to TV and play GoPro videos on TV
Connect GoPro to TV and play GoPro videos on TV

Our content covers:
1. 3 Ways to Watch GoPro Videos on TV
2. TV can't Detect Your GoPro Videos? - How to Fix?

3 Ways to Watch GoPro HERO 8/7/6/5/4 Videos on TV

Method 1. Play GoPro video on TV via HDMI

Things you need: a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable adapter, a TV with an HDMI input, and a GoPro camera that has a micro HDMI output. Note: HERO8 Black isn't designed with a micro HDMI output. HERO 8 Black users can either purchase the Media Mod or follow other ways to connect GoPro with TV.

Now, let's get started.
Step 1. Use a Micro HDMI to HDMI adapter to connect your GoPro with your TV.
Step 2. Turn on your GoPro and TV set.
Step 3. Choose the correct HDMI input on your TV, and then you should see a live preview from your GoPro.
Step 4. Navigate to Play (or Playback/Player) mode on your GoPro. Then, look at your TV and you should see your GoPro footage playing on TV.

Method 2. Play GoPro video on TV via USB drive

Things you need: a computer, a USB flash drive. Note: a USB 3.0 flash drive is needed if you are going to play GoPro 4K videos on TV.

Here we go.
Step 1. Connect your GoPro camera to your computer.
Step 2. Connect your USB flash drive to computer.
Step 3. Transfer GoPro videos to USB drive.
Step 4. Pull out the USB drive from your computer and insert it into your TV's USB port. Now, you can watch GoPro videos on TV.

Method 3. Play GoPro video on TV via MicroSD card

Things you need: a SD card adapter or a microSD card reader.

Step 1. Take your microSD card out of your GoPro and insert it into a SD card adapter or a microSD card reader.
Step 2. Insert the card adapter or reader into your TV. Find the SD card option on TV, and then open your GoPro video.

TV can't Detect Your GoPro Videos? - How to Fix?

Although some people have mastered above ways, they still have problems in playing GoPro videos on TV. The most common issues are:
TV won't recognize/detect GoPro videos.
TV whole screen makes blue when trying playing video. Moreover, GoPro camera is not available to use.

How could this happen? One possible reason is that your videos are encoded with HEVC codec which your TV is unable to handle.

What Video Settings Utilize HEVC?

GoPro camera

Video resolution

Frame rate (NTSC)

Frame Rate (PAL)

HERO7 Black and HERO 8 Black

4K

60 fps

50 fps

4K (4:3)

30, 24 fps

25 fps

2.7K

120 fps

100 fps

2.7K (4:3)

60 fps

50 fps

1440p

120 fps

100 fps

1080p

240 fps

200 fps

960p

240 fps

200 fps

With HERO7 & HERO8 Black, these recording settings can use either HEVC or H.264 codecs.

4K

30, 24 fps

25, 24 fps

2.7K

60, 30, 24 fps

50, 25, 24 fps

2.7K (4:3)

30, 24 fps

25, 24 fps

1440p

60, 30, 24 fps

50, 25, 24 fps

1080p

120, 60, 30, 24 fps

100, 50, 25, 24 fps

960p

120 fps

100 fps

720p

240, 60 fps

200, 50 fps

Max

Mode: 360 Video - All Resolutions

Mode: Timewarp - All Resolutions

Mode: TL Video - 5.6K 30/25/24 fps

Mode: HERO Mode
1440-60/30/24 fps, 1080-60/30/24 fps
Note* - HEVC or H.264 are available in both resolutions.

HERO6 Black

4K

60 fps

50 fps

4K (4:3)

30, 24 fps

25, 24 fps

2.7K

120 fps

100 fps

2.7K (4:3)

60 fps

50 fps

1080p

240 fps

200 fps

In this case, you can convert GoPro HEVC to H.264 which codec is supported by all TVs. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can help you transcode HEVC to high-quality H.264 file at the fastest speed by using Intel, NVIDIA, AMD hardware acceleration. Tips: This is not only available to convert HEVC files. Supporting 370+ video audio codecs, it can convert almost all videos such as MP4, AVI, WMV, H.264, DivX, Xvid, VP9, MPEG4, and AV1.

Free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to re-encode HEVC file for fixing GoPro video playback issue on television.

Step-by-step guide to convert GoPro videos for flawless playback on TV

Step 1. Download, install, and launch WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. At the top left corner, you should see "+ Video" button. Click it and a window will pop up asking you to open target GoPro video you want to convert.

Convert GoPro videos to TV supported format
Convert GoPro videos to TV supported format

Step 2. Choose a HEVC-encoded profile from Output Profile window. There're 420+ available profiles. Since you want to play GoPro videos on TV, you can go to "TV Video" category which contains profiles for Samsung TV, Sony TV, Panasonic TV, and LG TV. All these TV presets use H.264 as encoding format. Apple TV profiles can be found under Apple Device.

Tips: This program also allows you to tweak video audio parameters (e.g., bit rate, frame rate, and aspect ratio) and do some basic video editing tasks (e.g., trim video, crop video, and merge clips).

Step 3. Click "Browse" to specify a destination folder to store the resulting file and hit "RUN" to get GoPro HEVC video file converted.

Video Tutorial: How to Play GoPro HEVC Videos on TV, Desktop, Mobiles and More

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kaley Torres

Kaley Torres is particularly skilled in writing and sharing video-related contents. Her guides cover from deep-seated video/audio parameters, to media entertainment on different platforms. She also enjoys shooting and processing videos by herself for a more reliable basis of informative info with her articles.

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