Welcome to our Black Cat and Standard feature where
we are pleased to showcase many of the excellent fireworks
from these ranges, filmed and photographed by UKFR at
one of their product demonstration evenings.
The evening was a tremendous success, demonstrating
almost the entire Black Cat, Standard, dual (items which
carry both the BC and Standard branding) and Gold Collection
It is important first of all that we explain that the
evening was a product demo and not a review
evening. The main difference is that with a product
demo, the emphasis is on showcasing the products and
not firing individual items for review. This means that
many of the items are fired in multiples (otherwise
it would have taken all night to get through these massive
In most cases where items were fired singly, or where
the individual effects can be determined, we have already
added a full review of that item to the review section
of the site with pictures, video and our opinion. The
purpose of this feature is to publish the rest of the
material gained from the evening - although in some
cases several items are being fired together, the pictures
and video will give you an excellent idea of how each
range performs. In some cases the resulting barrages
look stunning, and give a great indication of how multiple
items from this range would look fired together.
There was a very good structure to the evening, thanks
to excellent organisation by the Black Cat rep and the
professional firer, so barrages are grouped together
by product type as you will see on the following pages.
We hope you enjoy previewing these fireworks as much
as we enjoyed filming and photographing them for you.
Because of the amount of material that accompanies
this feature (over 500 images and 200Mb of video), we
have split it into sections relating to each firework
range. Use the menu bar at the top and bottom of each
page (the yellow bar) to access the Intro and Help section
(this page), the Black Cat range, the Standard range,
the Dual range (items which appear in both the Black
Cat and the Standard ranges) and the new Gold Collection
Each firework type or barrage is presented as an individual
report so that you can quickly access whichever fireworks
you want to preview. Here is an example:
This is the name of the firework as described in the
manufacturer's catalogue. Quite often it will refer
to the general firework type such as "24 shot series"
which includes several different items.
This is the retail price for an individual item
or a pack (if sold as a pack).
The barrage price relates to the retail cost of all
the items shown in the video clip. We have included
this so that you can get a better idea of how much it
would cost to replicate the exact effects shown in each
clip. It will also help you to decide for yourself the
value for money of each product. For example, if a video
clip shows three cakes costing £14.99 each, then
the retail price would be £14.99 and the barrage
price would be 3 x £14.99 = £44.97. Please
note that this should be taken only as an approximation
as in some cases it was hard to determine the exact
number of fireworks being fired.
In this part we will give you any important or relevant
information. For example, any information you need to
know about the firework or the video clip, any technical
issues (eg. if for that particular firework we concentrated
more on the photos than the video) and so on. We have
avoided including an actual review of the items, because
our aim with this feature, as with the evening itself,
is to allow you to make up your mind from the
Set up shots are pictures of the fireworks before firing.
Please note that many of the items were waterproofed
and staked, but the pictures are included for interest.
These are "thumbnail" images and you can click
on these to see the full sized image.
Long exposure shots from the digital stills camera show
the fireworks in action in shots of four to eight seconds
each. These pictures are excellent for seeing the effects
each firework contained and some of the images are really
stunning - you'll enjoy them even if you have no interest
in this range.
Video stills are still frames taken from the on-line
video clips. We have included these so that readers
who do not wish to download the full video clips can
see action from the video in high quality.
Downloadable video clips will allow you to see the fireworks
for yourself! See below if you need help with the video
Use this to jump to the top of the page so that you
can pick another section to view from the menu bar.
The menu options are also repeated at the bottom of
Each firework type or barrage is supported by a video
clip. Windows Media clips, which offer a great compromise
between quality and file size, are offered with each
firework report and these are recommended for most readers.
We recommend that you use Windows Media Player version
9 or above to view them.
For broadband users, we have also included (where justified)
higher quality AVI clips. These are in full 720x576
resolution and require the DivX codec to play. Please
see the DivX
website for the free DivX package. Most readers should
be able to install the free DivX codec and view the
clips in your standard player (such as Windows Media
player) but the package also includes a standalone player
if you have technical problems.
All the video clips are compressed with ZIP to save
file space and your download times. You will need to
save each clip to your computer then unzip it to play
it. Please use your browser's "save target as"
option rather than trying to play them direct from our
server, thank you.
File sizes quoted for the clips are approximate
and included so that non-broadband users can make a
decision on whether to download a clip or not.
I would like to say a big thank you to Vernon
at Black Cat for his kind cooperation that made
this feature possible so that we could showcase these
products to our members. I would also like to say a
big thanks to Raj at Newsbox Fireworks
in Essex for his help in arranging our attendance at
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