I'm looking for a more efficient algorithm to rotate the center column of the Octo-Star puzzle 45 degrees.

The situation below occurs when four properly-oriented edges are next to each other, allowing for full freedom of movement.


As can clearly be seen, if the pieces highlighted in green are rotated 45° clockwise, the face is effectively solved. It occurs often on this puzzle that you want to rotate the center pieces 45°, but the algorithm I currently have for doing so is slow.

With [face] representing a 45° turn, it is: X = R2' D2 R2; [X U' X' U']4

This algorithm takes 32 moves to complete, and I execute it frequently.

Is there a faster way to rotate these pieces?

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    $\begingroup$ er.... green? It's aqua. $\endgroup$
    – Okx
    Sep 8 '15 at 18:39
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    $\begingroup$ No, the green star outline, not the aqua faces. $\endgroup$ Sep 16 '15 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Enigma: Was that edit really necessary? $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Apr 3 '16 at 6:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Deusovi He probably want to give it more attention without using a Bounty? $\endgroup$ Apr 3 '16 at 9:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Deusovi there is a badge that has to do with edits of very old posts ;) $\endgroup$
    – Avigrail
    Jul 29 '16 at 8:51

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