Panasonic AJ-PCD30PJ Three-Slot P2 Drive with USB 3.0 Interface

Panasonic AJ-PCD30PJ Three-Slot P2 Drive with USB 3.0 Interface

Panasonic AJ-PCD30PJ Three-Slot P2 Drive with USB 3.0 Interface

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Product Highlights

  • External Drive for Macs & PCs
  • Internal Drive for PCs
  • All P2 Frame Rates & Resolutions
  • Offload 100 Mb/s Files at 12x Real Time
  • Transfer 3 Cards' Data Simultaneously
  • Backward-Compatible with USB 2.0
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Panasonic AJ-PCD30PJ overview

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The Panasonic AJ-PCD30PJ Three-Slot P2 Drive with USB 3.0 Interface is a solid-state card reader that provides an extremely fast connection to a computer for quick offloading of up to three P2 cards simultaneously. The drive supports all file formats that can be recorded to Panasonic's P2 cards, including the 100 Mb/s AVC-Intra 100 and DVCPRO HD formats.

Using the PCD30 with a computer that has a RAID storage system is preferable, but the drive will also work with any computer with a USB 3.0 or 2.0 connection. When used with a simple RAID configuration and a USB 3.0 connection, transfer rates of 100 Mb/s material can be as high as 12x real time, depending on your processor speed and drive types. Even without RAID drives, you can achieve up to 4x transfer rates.

The three-slot capacity and the fast transfer speeds make the PCD30 suitable for any production that makes use of hours of footage, such as reality TV and documentary projects. With three 64 GB P2 cards installed in the drive, you can offload more than three hours of 100 Mb/s material at once – or more than six hours of 50 Mb/s content (such as DVCPRO50 and AVC-Intra 50).

Use the drive externally or install it in a 5-type bay on a computer (PC only) for use as a built-in reader. In either case, the AJ-PCD30PJ forms the basis of a highly efficient log/transfer station.

Note: USB 3.0/2.0 cable is not included. Transfer speeds vary based on computer, network, drive configuration, file size being transferred, application software, and P2 card version.

Super-fast USB 3.0 (1.5 Gb/s) transfer with USB 3.0 interface when connected to a compatible computer
Three P2 cards slots
Offloads AVC-Intra 100 & DVCPRO HD content at up to 12x real-time
Internal/external drive for Windows machines; external drive for Macs
USB 2.0 backward compatibility
Supports all P2 frame rates and formats
In the Box
Panasonic AJ-PCD30PJ Three-Slot P2 Drive with USB 3.0 Interface
  • AC Adapter with Power Cable for North America
  • Bracket
  • CD-ROM (Operating Instructions, P2 Software, Power Management Setting Software)
  • 4 x Rubber Feet
  • 8 x Mounting Screws
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    Panasonic AJ-PCD30PJ specs

    System Requirements Windows
    Windows 7 Professional (SP1), Ultimate (SP1) 32-bit/64-bit
    Windows Vista Business (SP2), Ultimate (SP2) 32-bit/640-bit
    Windows XP Professional (SP3) 32-bit
    1 GB or more memory

    Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.7 with Intel processor
    1 GB or more memory
    Power Requirements 16V DC, 0.6A with AC adapter
    12V DC, 0.8A when built into PC
    Power Source AC adapter: 100-240V AC (1.20A), 50/60 Hz
    Power Output AC Adapter: 16.0V DC, 3.75A
    Media Card Slots 3x PC card Type II
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104° F (0 to 40° C)
    Operating Humidity 10-80% (no condensation)
    Dimensions (HxWxD) Excluding protruding parts: 1.67 x 5.84 x 7.85" (42.5 x 148.4 x 199.5mm)
    Weight (Approx.) 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.5 x 10.5 x 9.5"

    Panasonic AJ-PCD30PJ reviews

    AJ-PCD30PJ Three-Slot P2 Drive with USB 3.0 Interface is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exactly what you'd hope for! First let me say that I have yet to test the USB 3.0 speed. I needed a multi slot reader for off loading my P2 cards and I debated paying the esxtra money for the USB speed since there is not Mac adapter yet. But I didn't want to spend good money on something that will be out of date from the moment it arrives. Installation was a non issue. On both my PC's and my Mac that already had P2 drivers in them all I had to do was plug in the unit and start off loading. Both machines recognized the device and required no addiditonal driver installation. I have worked with the Panasonic five slot reader in the past and found that it could occasionally choke when off loading two or more cards. This unit has simultaneously off loaded three full 64GB cards many times with zero problems. Because of the price and the fact that I haven't tested the USB 3.0 speed I didn't feel I could give it a 5 star rating.
    Date published: 2011-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get's the job done. Works great for offloading P2 Cards to my 15rMBP in the field.
    Date published: 2015-02-02
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