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Motorola showing off prototype MCU3E wireless transcoder

Steven Kim

Anyone who has tried to repurpose their HD media for a variety of devices knows all too well the pain of dealing with the alphabet soup of codecs and formats, but Motorola is showing off a MCU3E (MCUBE) prototype that can take MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 content, transcode and wirelessly beam it to a receiving device in MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 (VGA, half-VGA or QVGA resolutions) while aso dialing down the bitrate to fit on your portable device. The prototype looks good to us, and we imagine this kind of simplicity would resonate with consumers, but pesky business and licensing/DRM hurdles stand between this demo and the marketplace. For now, mark us down as "cautiously optimistic" about devices like this that set our media free.

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