Different FLVPlayback Control Issue

I’ll just start by saying that I’m new to Flash video, and also that I know many people have posted about a similar problem to the one I am experiencing, however my circumstances are a bit different (I think).

First of all, I am having problems getting my controls for the FLVPlayback component to display even though the video plays. I have the skin SWF, movie SWF, and the main FLV all in the same folder on the server. I am not including the HTML file that Flash 8 generates for two reasons.

  1. I am using SWFObject instead, since it validates.
  2. I am developing the site using Expression Engine as the CMS, so as far as I know, there isn’t even a way to integrate the HTML file for each entry that contains video.

This could be the problem, since other posts have solved the problem by including the HTML file. But take a look at the pages below.

Here is a link to the page as it currently displays the right size, but without controls.
Problem Page

If I target the SWF directly in my browser, it displays just fine. It occupies the entire screen, but the controls are available.
Displays Controls

This leads me to believe that it is not necessary to include the HTML file since the direct path loads the controls and there is not an HTML file in that directory. I have this same direct path targeted in the SWFObject that references the file.

Does anyone know if it’s NECESSARY to include the HTML file, or can the controls be displayed without it?

I am also including the markup below for the HTML that I am using in the entry to target the SWF.

<div id="flashcontent">
  This text is replaced by the Flash movie.

<script type="text/javascript">
   var so = new SWFObject("http://www.newbostoncreative.com/ee/images/work/flash_video/manhattan_treat_yourself.swf", "mymovie", "430", "400", "8", "#333333");

Like I said, I think this situation is a bit different than others with similar problems, so please don’t think I am just lazy and didn’t read previous posts first. I would really appreciate any help on this one! Thanks.