MakeMKV offers simple cross-platform Blu-Ray ripping
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.