May 15, 2010

MakeMKV offers simple cross-platform Blu-Ray ripping

Software developers basically have DVD ripping down to a science at this point. No matter what operating system you run, you're only a few clicks away from importing a movie from a DVD to your hard drive. Blu-Ray, on the other hand, is a tougher nut to crack. That's why it's exciting to see a cross-platform app that handles both DVD and Blu-Ray ripping: MakeMKV.

MakeMKV offers one-click ripping of most DVDs and Blu-Ray discs on Mac, Windows or Linux. Advanced settings are available, but most users will just happy to pop the disc in, click, and let 'er rip. To play MKV files -- not as common a file format as .avi or .mpg, maybe, but familiar to anyone who's ever torrented a Blu-Ray movie -- you'll need free software like VLC. MakeMKV is currently available as a free beta, says Lifehacker, so it's smart to grab it now if you're too frugal to pay for a competing app.