MorseAmalgam wrote:which is still included in the AMVApp pack despite people saying to use VirtualDub.
Nah, you're just looking in the wrong place (older guide). http://www.animemusicvideos.org/guides/avtech31/amvapp.html
Updated guide and AMVApp comes with virtualdub, not virtualdubmod.
Anyway, here's what you should do:
1) Use the 2010-10-10 CCCP. I'm not sure if you reverted to an older version or not, that part in your post wasn't quite clear to me, so I'll say it just in case, however if it's what you have atm, you're good.
2) Use Avisynth 2.5.8 32bit. 64bit version is less stable than the 32bit version and has less plugin support, and some of those that were made are less stable than the 32bit version ones.
3) Use Virtualdub 1.9.11 or 1.10.0 (1.9.11 is stable, 1.10.0 is experimental). I personally go for 1.10.0, but use 1.9.11 to be on the safe side. Make sure you pick the 32bit version.
4) Get a good lossless codec (warning: hueg filesize). The one I'd recommend you is UTVideo, an older version of which comes with the amvapp I linked. A more up to date version can be found on the author site. Since you're on a 64bit system, install BOTH the 32bit AND the 64bit versions of the codec.
5) Get ffms2 for avisynth. You can call it as ffvideosource("your file.mkv") and it will load only the video. You can download
either the mt version or the vanilla version. Supposedly the vanilla version is more stable, but I've had no trouble whatsover with the mt version either.
6) Import the avs with your mkv loaded in virtualdub and encode it with the "Ut Video Codec YUV420 (ULY0)" entry on the list. Make sure you hit configure and set it to "Optimize the video for compression ratio (Predict median)" ─ checking the "Same as # of logical processors" checkbox could be a good idea too.
7) Save the avi and then load it into premiere. Yes, it is on the big side of the filesize spectrum, being lossless and all, but it's smaller than huffyuv, yet MUCH faster than it, and you will be assured to have a file that premiere pro likes and is very fast, stable, and safe to edit with.