In recent years, video has taken a central role on the web. Developers are using the latest web technologies to make it easier for users to access, watch, and create video content. Today’s Chrome Beta update includes more tools for developers to take video engagement to the next level.

Chrome now includes the PeerConnection API, which allows developers to create web apps with real-time audio and video calling without the need for a plug-in. Together, PeerConnection and the getUserMedia API represent the next steps in WebRTC, a new standard which aims to allow high quality video, audio, and data communications on the web. Check out this funky video chat demo to see how the PeerConnection API can be combined with other web technologies to create fun new video chat experiences. To start the video chat demo, send the url to a friend.

Today’s Chrome Beta update also includes track support for HTML5 video. Track support provides an easy, standard way to add subtitles, captions, descriptions, chapters, and metadata to videos. It can be used to make videos accessible, split videos into sections, and create new unique video experiences. Track provides developers with a unified, programmatic mechanism for doing all these things in the HTML DOM and Javascript. In the following demo, track is used to enhance a video of a bike ride with metadata including a Google Map showing the biker’s route and Google Street View from the biker’s location.

Last but not least, we’ve added the MediaSource API. It provides a video playback solution that adapts video quality based on changing computer and network conditions to prevent excessive buffering and startup delays for videos -- in other words, your video will play silky smooth for users with no annoying stutters. Watch how smooth this demo video plays despite fluctuations in your network speed.

To get your hands on all this tasty video goodness, download Chrome Beta.