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In this paper, we consider the problem of video transmission over wireless generalized multicarrier code division multiple access (GMC-CDMA) systems. Such systems offer deterministic elimination of multiple access interference. A scalable video source codec is used and a multirate setup is assumed, i.e., each video user is allowed to occupy more than one GMC-CDMA channels. Furthermore, each of these channels can utilize a different number of subcarriers. We propose a cross-layer optimization method to select the source coding rate, channel coding rate, number of subcarriers per GMC-CDMA channel and transmission power per GMC-CDMA channel given a maximum transmission power for each video user and an available chip rate. Universal rate distortion characteristics (URDC) are used to approximate the expected distortion at the receiver. The proposed algorithm is optimal in the operational rate distortion sense, subject to the specific setup used and the approximation caused by the use of the URDC. Experimental results are presented and conclusions are drawn.