DVD is SD by definition, no HD possible.
Does 1.5 allow you to customise the Preset dimensions? (I cant remember that far back!)
If you choose a preset other than DV, you may find that you can change the dimension to a 16:9 dimension.
Premiere uses the term "Desktop" Mode to mean Customised.
If you have SD material, and are creating a DVD-Video, you will want to use a Project Preset that matches your source footage. Once you have the SD DVD-Video produced, if you use an upsampling DVD player, hooked to your HDTV, you will get better results, though obviously not true HD.
What is your source footage?
I believe she is using stills as a source.
You are correct. I had missed that aspect, though it is right in the first sentence.
Now, IF PrPro 1.5 does have the Desktop (memory is no better than my reading comprehension) Preset, the only hang-up would be the delivery to BD.
In the same paragraph the OP mentioned:
I am making a dvd
which only allows SD, 720 x 480 NTSC or 720 x 576 PAL.
And that was why I mentioned:
Once you have the SD DVD-Video produced, if you use an upsampling DVD player, hooked to your HDTV, you will get better results, though obviously not true HD.
If one wants true HD, they will need to change that to BD. Now, I do not recall if PrPro 1.5 can handle HD, or how well it does, if it can. Then, the authoring has to be considered. Encore is out, as it would need to be CS3, or above, and those versions were only available with PrPro. So, one would need an authoring program, that could do BD.
To the OP - good luck,
I think sometimes people use and confuse HD interchangeably with 16:9
(as in the aspect ratio).
I took it that she just wants to get her show (built from still images) to display properly on an HD TV set and not really produce a HD program as such.
I was reading between the lines and maybe very wrong!
In addition I think a lot of people are unaware that all TV's have scalers built in that will automatically adjust the incoming signal to the displays resolution. They forget that a DVD will play perfectly well on a HD-Ready and a HD TV without user interaction and the other way around, a BRD will play perfectly well on an old-fashioned CRT.
Thanks to all who answered Shooternz succinctly defined what I was asking but didn't make clear: I wanted to build a show from still images to display properly on an HD TV set as well as a standard TV. And I was confusing the 16:9 aspect with HD. And I was not aware that all TV's have scalers built in.
Premiere Pro1.5 does have a 16:9 preset but based on your information I am thinking I will use a 4:3 preset for the dvd video which is essentially a slide show. If shown on a TV, the tv will take care of the aspect and if used with a projector on a screen it will work as well.
Although my question was so basic and not at the advanced level of these forums, your answers were most helpful, solved my problem and is most appreciated. Thanks for taking your time to help to others!!!