AE uses the global Flash Player components and obviouly something has changed there. Could be some security thing, could be hardware acceleration. In any case, checking Flash player settings might offer some insights...
Was the breakage concurrent with your upgrade to Mac OSX v10.6.8?
Hmmm… I can't remember specifically. But I did run the software update a short while ago? Is there a problem with OSX v10.6.8 and Flash?
> Is there a problem with OSX v10.6.8 and Flash?
Not that I know of, but that's what I was trying to help determine with my question.
I'll go try it myself on a computer with 10.6.8.
I just tried importing some SWF files on Mac OSX v10.6.8, and it worked fine.
I'm thinking (as Mylenium suggested) that it may be an issue with the Flash Player that you have on your system. Try updating Flash Player. If that doesn't work, please submit a detailed bug report.
Hmmm… I tried updating the Flash Player and no luck. I also uninstalled AE and Flash and that didn't change anything.
I might try to submit a bug fix later today, but I'm not sure it's anything to do with the Adobe apps as much as some messed up preferences/settings on my system. I'm going to test several recent SWFs that I've created on another system at the office (worked remotely yesterday) to see what happens.
Someone suggested that it may have to do with a QuickTime update, but if you were able to import SWFs using a system with 10.6.8, that would suggest it isn't.
My last resort may be to reinstall the version of OS that came with my MBP… running a full back up now.
Well, I've resolved the problem, kinda.
I uninstalled Flash CS5 and AE CS5 last night, then reinstalled them. I then opened one of the AE files with the "junk" SWF in it, and nothing had changed.
I then tried to import one of the questionalbe SWFs into AE on another machine and the same problem. But I could import a SWF made on that machine into AE (running on that system).
Then I brought that SWF back to my system, and was able to successfully imported it into AE. I then imported one of the questionable SWFs made before the software reinstall, and got the 72px black square. So I opened the FLA made a new SWF and happened to move it to the desktop. I was able to successfully import that SWF.
This is where it gets weird. I then made a new SWF and left it in the local folder with the FLA and tried to import it. black box again. I then drag-copied that SWF back to the desktop and I was able to import that.
So at the moment, it seems to have something to do with the location of the SWF in relation to the AE file? That's the best that I can figure at the moment. Though I'm not sure why this would, or should, be a factor. I wish I had tried this before doing all the software uninstall/reinstalls… but I never would have thought that it could have been an issue.
Thanks again for your prompt input yesterday.
My guess is that the path to the file is either very long or contains some problematic characters---either of which might be tripping up the parser used for importing.