When you are opening the original raw images to record the workflow settings, are you opening them from within Photoshop or Bridge?
The best way to record the workflow settings (which is the ONLY thing you actually want to be recording) is to start recording the action, then open a raw file directly into Photoshop (not Bridge) do NOT alter the image settings, open the image all the way into Photoshop, do the PS steps, save as and close and stop recording...then yes, you DO need to make sure you choose the Override Action "Open" Commands to ignore the recorded Open process and use only the Workflow settings recorded and yes, you'll need to select the Override Action "Save As" to make sure you ignore the save destination and only use the recorded file format options...
Perfect, thanks Jeff
Here's the simple solution to prevent frustration...STAY AWAY FROM BRIDGE
I will repost what I did as compared to before and bold the changes
Have 30 photos (JPG)
Open them in camera raw from Bridge (CRTL-R), edit them accordingly, applying different crops, saturation, exposures
Then start a new recording in photoshop
Select one image I edited, open
in camera rawFROM PHOTOSHOP FILE-OPEN, NOT BRIDGE (Yes Image Settings is checked)
Open that image
(Oh hey look at my recording, it is recording all of my specific edited values for this image, not good but I'll continue)
Forgot to mention that I apply the batch at this point
Thanks, hopefully this will be the new one-stop-shop.