Hi, I have had exactly the sme problem and carried out the same procedures.
The procedures are correct as it used to work for me.
Having looked on the web, I think this problem relates to other software on my system which is in conflict with flash causing it to malfunction.
Things were working fine on my system until I installed a package called "Autodesk" then Flash could not import movies.
I then uninstalled autodesk but it still never worked. I am not sure if restoring my system back to the date before I installed autodesk will resolve the matter. I have yet to do that.
Perhaps you could let me know what other installations you have.
If anyone can help it would be appreciated.
There may be something in this - files that need Java are not working properly on my computer at present and I have correctly installed the Java program. I have downloaded a few different desktop publlishing programs and also added some music type software but they have been removed but this hasn't changed my ability to use the Flash 8 movie importing feature. I do not know enough about computers and software to do anything more than add or remove programs.
Now that I have restored my pc to the time before installing Autodesk, the
import facility now works again.
If you have installed programs that you do not really need, the best thing
to do is either uninstal them, or restore your computer through the control
panel. If you do need them you could try using another flash encoding
program, encode it through that and then open the file in your flash
There is also a program called "Super" that enables flash encoding. It
sounds good, and I am going to check it out as it is a freeware.
If it works well I may use it to encode the video into flash:-
If interested, here is the link
I too have very little knowledge in computers, but I like the creative side
of using flash.
Hope this helps a little.
Let me know how you get on.