Timelines are expensive, so in this guide I will demonstrate how to trigger a simple animation on a material using blueprint events.
This is useful for, for example, triggering different weather conditions. In this example I'll add different types of snow.
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As an example, say you want to spawn a blueprint actor called BP_FIRE_LOG and give it a unique ID number so that it can be referenced in the level.