Exporting to FLASH from other software

Hey guys!

i’m thinking of converting Nova Celestia to a 3D interface by the end of the summer, so i need to ask some questions:

When you export from After effects/3D studio Max, what format do you export the movie as? i know that you can export your rendering to .swf from AE, but if you do that, how do you use the swf? Do you preload everything? i’m really confused and i’d be really happy if you could tell me how you guys do it! :smiley: