wing wrote:I could *PROBABLY* manage to pull off the reading-the-VHS thing if, any only if I had the support of the entire village to fabricate things and search for resources - it would be fairly elementary to output something resembling a composite video signal even using exceptionally crude implementations. However, making it viewable would be MUCH more difficult, because manufacturing a display device would require tolerances way, way smaller than I could achieve using the same crude methodologies - I'd have to bootstrap everything up to mid-20th century technology and metallurgy - which would take WAY more than my lifetime. So I can read the data off of it, but I can't make it visible.
If you can pull the data off, you can make it visible! How, you ask? Simple. You write the data out in human readable format. You then figure out how to interpret that data (shouldn't be too hard given that VHS is analogue). Big pad of paper, and you draw out every individual frame from the VHS (this requires making paper and drawing implements, but that's not so tricky compared to television manufacture). Big-ass flipbook. And there you have it.
I think the original poster was a little non-specific - he never specifically stated it had to appear as it would shown on a tv screen, simply "can you make it viewable". I would argue that drawing out every frame is making it viewable.