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material_modify_control is a point entity available in all Source games. It is used to modify arbitrary material properties in response to I/O events.

For the entity to work, its target material must have the MaterialModify or MaterialModifyAnimated proxy installed, and must be applied to an entity.

If the material_modify_control entity is parented to another entity, it will only affect the material where it appears on that parent. Otherwise, it will affect all entities.

Compare this with the env_texturetoggle entity that can control brushes or overlays by targetname.


Material to modify <string>
Path to the VMT file you want to modify, relative to materials/ folder. Without .vmt suffix.
Bug: Does not work if the VMT is just in materials/. Should be in a subfolder, like materials/effects/ for example.
Material variable to modify <string>
Name of the shader parameter you want to modify. Include $ symbol like how they are written in the VMT


Parent (parentname) <targetname>
Specifies a movement parent. An entity will maintain its initial offset from its parent. An attachment point can be added to the end of the name, separated by a comma.


Name <string>
The targetname that other entities refer to this entity by.
Entity Scripts <scriptlist> (New with Left 4 Dead 2)
Space delimited list of VScript files (without file extension) that are executed after all entities have spawned. The scripts are all executed in the same script scope, later ones overwriting any identical variables and functions.
Script think function <string> (New with Left 4 Dead 2)
Name of a function in this entity's script which will be called automatically every 100 milliseconds (ten times a second) for the duration of the script. It can be used to create timers or to simulate autonomous behavior. The return value (if present) will set the time until the next call.
Note:Try to avoid expensive operations in this function, as it may cause performance problems.


SetMaterialVar  <string>
Sets the chosen material parameter to the specified value.
This sets the material variable to the current time on the server.
StartAnimSequence  <string>
Force an animated material with the MaterialModifyAnimated proxy to play a set of animation frames.
Format is: <Frame Start> <Frame End> <Frame Rate> <Loop>
<Loop> should be 1 or 0.
Tip:Setting "Frame End" to -1 uses the last frame of the texture.
StartFloatLerp  <string>
Force a material with the MaterialModifyAnimated proxy to linearly interpolate a material var between two floating point values.
Format is: <Start Value> <End Value> <Transition Time> <Loop>
<Loop> should be 1 or 0.


SetParent  <string>
Move with this entity. See Entity Hierarchy (parenting).
SetParentAttachment  <string>
Change this entity to attach to a specific attachment point on its parent. The entity will teleport so that the position of its root bone matches that of the attachment. Entities must be parented before being sent this input.
SetParentAttachmentMaintainOffset  <string>
As above, but without teleporting. The entity retains its position relative to the attachment at the time of the input being received.
Removes this entity from the the movement hierarchy, leaving it free to move independently.


Removes this entity and any entities parented to it from the world.
Functions the same as Kill, although this entity and any entities parented to it are killed on the same frame, being marginally faster than Kill.
AddOutput  <string>
Evaluates a keyvalue/output on this entity. It can be potentially very dangerous, use with care.
Format: <key> <value>
Format: <output name> <targetname>:<inputname>:<parameter>:<delay>:<max times to fire, -1 means infinite>
FireUser1 to FireUser4
Fire the OnUser outputs; see User Inputs and Outputs.
Use  !FGD
Same as a player invoking +use; may not do anything. Can also be invoked by creating an output that does not specify an input.
This input is not included in Valve's FGDs.
RunScriptFile  <script> (New with Left 4 Dead 2)
Execute a VScript file from disk, without file extension. The script contents are merged with the script scope of the receiving entity.
RunScriptCode  <string> (New with Left 4 Dead 2)
Execute a string of VScript source code in the scope of the entity receiving the input. String quotation may be needed when fired via console.
Bug: In <Left 4 Dead 2>, the code is executed in the script scope of the entity that fires the output, not the one receiving the input.
Warning: Never try to pass string parameters to a script function with this input. It will corrupt the VMF structure because of the nested quotation marks, which then must be removed manually with a text editor.
CallScriptFunction  <string> (New with Left 4 Dead 2) !FGD
Execute a VScript function in the scope of the receiving entity.
SetLocalOrigin  <coordinates> (New with Alien Swarm) !FGD
Send this entity to a spot in the map. If the entity is parented to something, it will be offset from the parent by this amount.
SetLocalAngles  <angles> (New with Alien Swarm) !FGD
Set this entity's angles.



OnUser1 to OnUser4
These Outputs each fire in response to the firing of the like-numbered FireUser1 to FireUser4 Input; see User Inputs and Outputs.
OnKilled  (Only in the Left 4 Dead series)
This Output fires when the entity is killed and removed from the game.